Train Whistle Blues
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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When a woman gets the blues she hangs her little head and cries
When a woman gets the blues she hangs her little head and cries
But when a man gets the blues he grabs a train and rides

Every time I see that lonesome railroad train
Every time I see that lonesome railroad train
It makes me wish I was going home again
Look a-yonder coming, coming down that railroad track
Look a-yonder coming, coming down that railroad track
With the black smoke rolling, rolling from that old smoke stack

I got the blues so bad till the whole round world look blue
I got the blues so bad till the whole round world looks blue
I ain't got a dime, I don't know what to do

I'm weary now, I want to leave this town




I'm weary now and I want to leave this town
I can't find a job, I'm tired of hanging around

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jimmie Rodgers's song Train Whistle Blues describe the differences in how men and women cope with the blues. When a woman experiences sadness or pain, she tends to cry and keep to herself. In contrast, when a man feels down, he seeks an escape by catching a train and going somewhere else. The singer wishes he could go back home, as every time he sees a train he feels that yearning even more. He describes the locomotive approaching, billowing smoke from its stack, and how it reminds him of the freedom and independence he craves. The singer's mood is so low that everything looks blue to him and he is broke, without any employment prospects. He is weary and wants to leave town to seek a better life somewhere else.


Line by Line Meaning

When a woman gets the blues she hangs her little head and cries
Whenever a woman feels sad, she tends to look down and cry her heart out.


But when a man gets the blues he grabs a train and rides
On the other hand, a man leaves the place behind and takes a train ride whenever he has the blues.


Every time I see that lonesome railroad train
Whenever I notice that lonely train on the tracks,


It makes me wish I was going home again
I get this urge to head back home to see my family and friends again


Look a-yonder coming, coming down that railroad track
There is something in the distance coming down the train tracks,


With the black smoke rolling, rolling from that old smoke stack
And I can see the black smoke coming out of the train's smokestack as it gets nearer.


I got the blues so bad till the whole round world look blue
These feelings of sadness have engulfed me completely, and now everything in the world seems blue to me.


I ain't got a dime, I don't know what to do
As of now, I am without any money, and I am unsure about the next steps that I should take.


I'm weary now and I want to leave this town
I'm tired of being in this place, and now, all I want to do is to leave and go somewhere else.


I can't find a job, I'm tired of hanging around
I am unable to find any work here, and so, it has become exhausting just hanging around doing nothing.




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: ELSIE MCWILLIAMS, JIMMIE RODGERS

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Comments from YouTube:

Emmett Stephens

This is one of Jimmie's best. If this isn't blues I'm not a foot tall.

roybo1930

Truly one of His very Best!

joukarfoy

"Train Whistle Blues" was recorded on 8 August 1929 in Dallas, Texas by Jimmie Rodgers (guitar and vocal), Joe Kaipo (steel guitar), Billy Burkes (guitar) and Weldon Burkes (ukulele).

T4TEXASTOM JOHNNYCAT

The "Daddy" of it all.🎻🎸

Steve Dave

amazing that all of this Jimmie Rodgers is on youtube.. Makes me proud people know real music~~I'm only 18 yo and i call Jimmie Rodgers "The Father of Country Music

Because Reasons

Nobody cares

RsbudBassist

@Because Reasons nobody really does. Nobody cares. Nobody is here to save the day. No one will save us all. Nobody for president! or is that anybody?

Kidd Coggins

I totally agree with you on that, I’ve listen to him for years. I always have loved his music.

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Terry Harrison

I love this and most other Jimmie Rodgers songs. I just uploaded my version of this song which is based on Merle Haggards 1969 cover. Stop by and check it out sometime.....Terry

Because Reasons

With the black smoke rolling, rolling from that old smoke stack.

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