Freight Train (folk song)

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This article is about the song by Elizabeth Cotten. For the Nitro song, see Freight Train (Nitro song).
"Freight Train"
Single by The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey
B-side The Cotton Song
Released December 1956
Recorded Levy’s Sound Studios, New Bond Street, London[1]
Label Oriole
Writer(s) Elizabeth Cotten
Producer(s) Jack Baverstock

"Freight Train" is an American folk song written by Elizabeth Cotten in the early 20th century and popularized during the American folk revival and British skiffle [2]period of the 1950s and 1960s. By Elizabeth’s own account in the 1985 BBC series Down Home, she composed “Freight Train” as a young teenager, inspired by the sound of the trains rolling in on the tracks near her home in North Carolina.

Chas McDevitt and Nancy Whiskey recorded the song in 1956. The Elizabeth Cotten recording for the Folksongs and Instrumentals with Guitar album was made by Mike Seeger in late 1957, early 1958, at Elizabeth’s home in Washington, D.C..[3] Ramblin' Jack Elliott recorded this song in 1957. It is included on the CD The Lost Topic Tapes: Cowes Harbour 1957

Other recorded versions[edit]

Many artists have since recorded their own version of the song, including

Charting versions

Roud Broadside/Folksong Index ID # S145347

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