Wabash Cannonball2-crd


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In article <756577867snx@truleigh.demon.co.uk>, jim@truleigh.demon.co.uk (James Fryer) writes... > [one version of "The Wabash Cannonball"]
Folk music is a wonderful thing. Here's another shot at the lyrics -
Wabash Cannonball
G C From the great Atlantic ocean to the wide Pacific shores, D G From the Queen of flowin mountains, to the south belle by the shore, G C She's mighty tall and hanndsome and she's known quite well by all, D G She's the modern combination on the Wabash Cannonball
{Quite a bit of wordplay equating the train with a woman, which is continued in the next verse}
She came down from Birmingham one cold December day And as she stood in the roundhouse you could hear all the people say "There's a gal from Tennesee and, man, she's long and she's tall. She came down from Birmingham on the Wabash Cannonball"
Well here's to Daddy Claxton, may his name forever be ! And long be remembered in the courts of Tennesee. His earthly trials are over as the final curtain falls. We'll carry him home to vict'ry on the Wabash Cannonball.
{Up to now the song has had a decidedly southern bent, despite the fact that the train ran N_S and was named for a river in Indiana. The next verse, probably a much later redaction, tries to gives some equal time to our northern friends...}
Her eastern states are dandy, some people always say.
From the hills (!) of Minnesota, where the sparkling waters fall - No changes can be taken on the Wabash Cannonball.
So listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar As she glides along the foothills and the pathways to the shore. Hear the mighty rush of the engines, hear the lonesome hobos call As they rumble through the jungle on the Wabash Cannonball.
================ Lee Sawyer
Dept of Physics Univ. of Texas at Arlington
Rather than using G-C-D, I have always played Wabash Cannonball using G-Am-D7. Try that and see if it dooesn't sound better.
Jeff Alsip jeffrey@vpnet.chi.il.us

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