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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B shuler

Don't you just love his train whistle- he makes it himself! Love that man!

Wayne Sanchez

OMG I haven't heard this since I was a boy! Brought years to my eyes and I could almost feel my mama standing by me, listening too. THANK YOU!

Pagan Morph

Many thanks for sharing. Excellent recording. I was a kid in Liverpool around 1957, a neighbour had left some stuff out at their back door for the binmen to collect. I swiped some of it. I got a good copy of Uncle Toms Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and a top condition 78 rpm record in its cardboard case, Jimmie Rodgers Hobo Bills Last Ride and on the reverse, That's Why I'm Feeling So Blue. Still got the book and the record today.. RCA Victor released most of Jimmie Rodgers recordings on LP's in the mid-'60s and I still have all those too. Mostly replaced by CD's now. From age twelve I was so impressed with Jimmies plaintive voice and song subjects. Good to hear this song again.

Colin Bundred

I also grew up in Liverpool in the early sixties and we all loved Jimmie. I’ll always remember coming home in the #44 bus from the Pier Head after a night out on the town and serenading all the other riders on the top deck with renditions of this and my favourite, Jimmie the Kid. I can still remember all the words to Jimmie the Kid , every damm railroads hw worked on!! A genius.

RagtimeDorianHenry

did you see the Beatles live ?

Lembit Punapart

thx for posting.Jimmie is one of the greatest of all times.

Rosa Jones

Great blues !!!! Love it !!!

ELVIS4221

JIMMY WASNT A BRAKEMAN, THATS JUST A RUMOR. HE ACTUALLY WAS A CARPENTER, CAUSE EVERY SONG HE NAILED AND SENT IT ON HOME. BLOW YOUR TRAIN WHISTLE MR ROGERS

Hank Kimmey

ONE OF THE VERY BEST JIMMIE RODGERS SONGS Thanks for sharing,Keith

jonathan gude

This is so great. I love it!!

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