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THIS TRAIN

(trad.)


Bob Dylan, 1961 (John Cohen)


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Recorded by gospel groups as early as the 1920s (Wood's Blind Jubilee Singers, 1925; Southern Plantation Singers, 1928; Biddleville Quintette, 1929);
covered by (and credited to) "Sister" Rosetta Tharpe, New York, NY, Jan 10, 1939 (Decca 2558);
covered by Big Bill Broonzy in 1956 (live recording, "Storyville," Copenhagen, DK) and on "The Big Bill Broonzy Story: Last Session -- Volume 2" (Chicago, IL, Jul 12, 1957); lyrics of Big Bill Broonzy's version reprinted in Fred & Irwin Silber (eds.), Folksinger's Wordbook, New York, 1973, p. 56.


Lyrics as performed by Bob Dylan on "Minnesota Party Tape," Bonnie Beecher's apartment, Minneapolis, MN, mid-May 1961;
transcribed by Manfred Helfert.


This train is a-bound for glory, this train.
This train is a-bound for glory, this train.
This train is a-bound for glory,
If you ride on it, you must be holy.
This train is a-bound for glory, this train.

This train don't carry no gamblers, this train.
This train don't carry no gamblers, this train.
This train don't carry no gamblers,
Two-bit whores an' midnight ramblers.
This train is a-bound for glory, this train.

This train don't carry no extras, this train.
This train don't carry no extras, this train.
This train don't carry no extras,
Don't carry nothin' but the level an' special [?].
This train is a-bound for glory, this train.

This train don't pull no jokers, this train.
This train don't pull no jokers, this train.
This train don't pull no jokers, no... cigarette smokers.
This train is a-bound for glory, this train.

This train is a-bound for glory, this train.
This train is a-bound for glory, this train.
If you ride it, you must be holy.
This train is a-bound for glory, this train.


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