Old Poem Saturday – Train Whistle Blues – Traditional

FreightTrainBluesThis quatrain was listed in a poetry anthology I own with only “traditional” as the attribution – a little research online turned up a book on the history of music in the Louisiana area (Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana: The 1934 Lomax Recordings by Joshua Clegg Caffery) that stated that versions of this verse were common in blues songs for a long time before Jimmie Rodgers recorded his song in 1930 called, “Train Whistle Blues.”  Although difficult to ascertain their origins, the lines still make a fantastic quatrain. Drawing (marker on toned paper) and composition by me.

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