Down by the Station
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (August 2016)
|"Down by the Station"|
|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. It is a simple song about a railroad station master seeing the steam locomotives off to work. The song itself is much older than 1948; it has been seen in a 1931 Recreation magazine.
Whether deliberately copied or not, the tune is very closely related to the chorus of the French-Canadian folk song "Alouette". 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?]
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