Mama from the Train

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"Mama From the Train"
Song
Published 1956
Songwriter(s) Irving Gordon

"Mama From the Train", also known as "Mama From the Train (A Kiss, A Kiss)", is a popular song written by Irving Gordon and published in 1956. The song is about memories of a now-deceased mother, whose Pennsylvania Dutch-influenced English leads to quaint phrasings.

Recordings[edit]

The best-known version was recorded by Patti Page. This recording was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70971. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on November 3, 1956. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at #12; on the Best Seller chart, at #17; on the Juke Box chart, at #12; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached #11. In Australia the song afforded Page a #31 hit.

Song's influence[edit]

The title, as printed on the sheet music — Mama From the Train (A Kiss, A Kiss) — and the first line of the refrain — "Throw Mama from the train a kiss, a kiss" — inspired two parodies: