Here Comes the Freedom Train

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"Here Comes the Freedom Train"
Single by Merle Haggard and The Strangers
from the album My Love Affair with Trains
B-side"I Won't Give Up My Train"
ReleasedMay 17, 1976
Songwriter(s)Stephen H. Lemberg
Producer(s)Ken Nelson
Merle Haggard and The Strangers singles chronology
"The Roots of My Raising"
"Here Comes the Freedom Train"
"Cherokee Maiden"

"Here Comes the Freedom Train" is a 1976 song written by Stephen H. Lemberg, best known for being performed by American country music artist Merle Haggard and The Strangers. It was released in May 1976 as the first single from the album My Love Affair with Trains. "Here Comes the Freedom Train" peaked at number ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.[1] It reached number-one on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks in July 1976.

It was originally written for the country music duo of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, who recorded it with special guest Chet Atkins in RCA Studios for release in 1973 by the American Freedom Train Foundation. The 45 single of the recording was sold as a fund-raising item for the bicentennial trip Freedom Train took across the United States.[2]


The song is historical narrative of the United States, which was about to celebrate its Bicentennial.


The Strangers:

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 146.
  2. ^ Official website of the American Freedom Train
  3. ^ "Merle Haggard Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.