- Written by
- Chas McDevitt, Bill Varley
- Originally written by
- Elizabeth Cotten
T-011.017.485-0 BMI, ISWC
- Adapted from
Freight Train written by Elizabeth Cotten
- disputed credits
At first copyrighted by James & Williams, middle names and pseudonyms for Chas McDevitt and Bill Varley. The latter claims they couldn't find the publisher of the tune they heard Peggy Seeger play.
When Elizabeth Cotten's representative threatened to sue, the matter was settled out of court, the writing credit splits among Cotten, McDevitt and Varley.
This adaptation is sung about a third person on the run, whereas in Cotten's original work it's the first person who's fleeing. Some lyrics have been removed, others changed and some more added, like:
"Don't know where he's heading for
what he's done against the law
got no future got no hope
just nothing but the rope"
- Published by
KASSNER ASSOCIATED PUBLISHERS LIMITED
FIGS D MUSIC BMI
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First recording and first release by The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group (Featuring Nancy Whiskey) (December 1956 / April 1957)