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Composition date
1906
Language
English
ISWC
T-900.836.213-8 ISWC
Comments
"Freight Train" was written by Elizabeth Cotten when she was 11 or 12. After marrying and having a child, Cotten gave up music for many years. In 1945 she was hired as a domestic by the Seeger family and eventually started playing again. Peggy Seeger learnt "Freight Train" from her and took the song to the UK, where she played the song in folk clubs. Here it was heard by Chas McDevitt and Bill Varley, who copyrighted the song and recorded it with vocalist Nancy Whiskey.

First three verses -
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 I've gone to sleep

When I die, oh bury me deep
Down at the end of old Chestnut Street
So I can hear old Number Nine
As she comes rolling by
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written by English

Title Performer Release date Info
November 1957 First recording on July 10, 1957
1957 First release
1958
1959
November 1962
December 1962
1963
1963
December 11, 1964
1964
1964
1965
1966
1967
1971
1979
November 1982 Live
Released more than 10 years after its recording
Freight Train Tupelo Chain Sex 1983 Unverified
1984
October 1, 1993
1994
December 1998
September 4, 2001
October 20, 2001
January 2002
May 20, 2003
2003 Live
2005
April 2008
June 2008
July 15, 2008
February 22, 2011
November 5, 2013
2013 Live
October 2014
July 16, 2015
June 10, 2016
January 31, 2017
July 6, 2018
March 13, 2020
November 20, 2020

written by instrumental

Title Performer Release date Info
i 1963
i 1964
i 1964
i 1969
i October 1976
i 1978
i August 1, 1979
i 1982
i 1982
i 1987 Live
i 1992
i 1996
i 1997
i 1997
i March 25, 2000
i June 13, 2000
i 2001
i July 30, 2002
i April 20, 2004
i February 12, 2007
i November 17, 2009 Live
i 2011
i 2012
i July 22, 2013

written by Swedish

Title Performer Release date Info
July 1964 First recording on May 21, 1964
First release

written by Finnish

Title Performer Release date Info
1957 First recording on October 4, 1957
First release

written by unknown author(s) Norwegian

written by Swedish