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Elizabeth Cotten - Freight Train

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Published on Jan 27, 2014

When Elizabeth Cotten and her brothers were playing music together each would have songs that they called their own, and Freight Train was one that she made up and sang as hers. It was one of the few she ever composed herself and was largely inspired by the train running near her home. She sang the song in Washington and it was subsequently popularized by Peggy Seeger, Nancy Whiskey, and Rusty Draper. - Mike Seeger

Lyrics:
Freight Train, Freight Train
Run so fast
Freight Train, Freight Train
Run so fast
Please don't tell what train I'm on
They won't know what route I'm going

When I'm dead and in my grave
No more good times here I crave
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them all that I'm gone to sleep

When I die Lord bury me deep
Way down on old Chestnut Street
So I can hear old number nine
As she comes rolling by

When I die Lord bury me deep
Way down on old Chestnut Street
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them all that I've gone to sleep

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Learn more about Elizabeth Cotten here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabet...

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    • Elizabeth Cotten
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    • Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes
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