Down by the Station

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"Down by the Station"
Song
Written 1948
Songwriter(s) Lee Ricks, Slim Gaillard

"Down by the Station" (also known as "Down at the Station") is a popular song written by Lee Ricks and Slim Gaillard in 1948, and most famously recorded by Tommy Dorsey. The song remains popular today as a children's music standard. The opening lines of the song are: Down by the station, early in the morning, see the little pufferbellies all in a row. The song itself is much older than 1948; it has been seen in a 1931 Recreation magazine.[1]

Whether deliberately copied or not, the tune is very closely related to the chorus of the French-Canadian folk song "Alouette".[2] Although the first line is similar to "Alouette", it is more closely related to the tune of "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider," with the first two lines being similar.[original research?] The third line of "Down by the Station" is higher in pitch than the second, and the fourth line returns to the pitch of the first line (except for a higher pitched or onomatopoetic "Toot! Toot!").[original research?]

Reverend Wilbert Awdry may have been inspired by the words of the song to write his first Railway Series story, Edward's Day Out.[3]

The Four Preps recorded a version of "Down by the Station" in 1959, featuring an entirely different set of lyrics by group members Bruce Belland and Glen Larson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lyr Req: Down by the station, early in the morning". Mudcat.org. Archived from the original on 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2016-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Lyr Req: Down by the station, early in the morning". Mudcat.org. Archived from the original on 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2016-08-29. [better source needed]
  3. ^ RMT-Rede Mundo de Televisão (2016-08-09), Thomas & Friends | Interview - Rev. Wilbert Awdry - TVam (1984), retrieved 2018-01-04