Wednesday, December 13, 2023

VA - Train Tracks Vol. 03 (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3


VA - Train Tracks Vol. 03 (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3.

Previously Posstd January 28, 2022

This is the 3rd Volume of Train Tracks (A Butterboy Compilation) . These selections are part of a muti-volume series that will include Train tracks in the Rock, Blues, Folk, Pop, Soul, Psychedelic Rock, Indie, Progressive Rock and Country genres.

Volume 3 is again dedicated to Folk, Pop, Soul, Psychedelic Rock, Indie, Progressive Rock and Country songs that reference trains physically and metaphorically. I hope you will enjoy these tracks. .

A train song is a song referencing passenger or freight railroads. Trains have been a theme in both traditional and popular music since the first half of the 19th century and over the years have appeared in all major musical genres, including folk, blues, country, rock, jazz, world, classical and avant-garde. While the prominence of railroads has faded in recent decades, the train endures as a common image in popular song.

The earliest known train songs date to two years before the first public railway began operating in the United States. "The Carrollton March", copyrighted July 1, 1828, was composed by Arthur Clifton to commemorate the groundbreaking of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Another song written for the occasion, "Rail Road March" by Charles Meineke, was copyrighted two days after Clifton's, one day before the July 4 ceremonies. The number of songs that have appeared since then is impossible to determine, not only because of the difficulties in documenting the songs but also in defining the genre. (Wikipedia)

There are literally thousands of songs about trains both, physically and metaphorically. As a metaphor for life, trains can move forward at full speed, veer off the tracks or become full-on wrecks, so it’s no wonder there are so many songs that invoke life on the rails.







Track lists


01 Waifs Crazy Train 4:19

02 Kevin Morby Aboard My Train 3:16

03 Box Tops Choo Choo Train 2:53

04 Solomon Burke Fast Train 5:43

05 Lee Hazlewood No Train to Stockholm 2:22

06 Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Friendship Train 3:36

07 Robyn Hitchcock I Often Dream of Trains 2:28

08 Ron Sexsmith Trains 3:39

09 Eddie Hinton Last Train to Loveland 2:43

10 Ed Harcourt Whistle of a Distant Train 3:35

11 Liverpool Echo Girl on the Train 2:45

12 Tee Set Trains (Are Coming) 3:30

13 Silver Jews Trains Across the Sea 3:15

14 Fred Eaglesmith I Like Trains 4:12

15 Bob Roubain & Cliffie Stone Here Comes the Train 2:42

16 Betty Lavette My Train's Coming In 2:16

17 Benny Gordon Last Train to South Carolina 3:27

18 Bachelor Girl Buses and Trains 3:39

19 Chubby Newsome Close to Train Time 2:54

20 Richard Hawley Long Black Train 4:13

21 Monkees Last Train to Clarksville 2:45


22 Gladys Knight and the Pips Midnight Train to Georgia 4:37

23 Big Joe Turner Midnight Special Train 2:37

24 Johnny Cash I've Got a Thing About Trains 2:50

25 J.P. Nestor Train on the Island 3:00

26 King Curtis Take the Last Train Home 3:04

27 Dumb Earth Trains & Boats & Planes 3:23

28 Tabby Thomas Popeye Train 2:58

29 Cramps Drug Train 2:39

30 Al Greene & the Soul Brothers Back Up Train 2:19

31 Geoff & Maria Muldaur Blue Railroad Train 3:01

32 Squeeze Electric Trains 4:05

33 Magnetic Fields Fear of Trains 3:14

34 Undisputed Truth Friendship Train 4:49

35 Ralph McTell Last Train and Ride 2:35

36 Balsam Range Last Train to Kitty Hawk 3:49

37 The Cure Jumping Someone Else's Train 2:59

38 Bee Gees Ghost Train 6:04

39 The Waco Brothers Fast Train Down 4:46

40 The Blue Nile From a Late Night Train 4:00

41 Sports Strangers on a Train 2:40

42 Mick Greenwood All Aboard the Train 4:57


43 Desmond Dekker Rude Boy Train 2:26

44 The The Slow Train to Dawn 4:15

45 Pulp Boats and Trains 1:37

46 Beck Broken Train 4:11

47 Quilt Talking Trains 2:31

48 Johnny Burnette The Train Kept A-Rollin' 2:15

11 Russell Wise Train Blues 1:38

50 Jack Grunsky Train Station Blues 2:52

51 Gorillaz Ghost Train 3:54

52 Stoney Larue Train to Birmingham 4:25

53 Roy Perkins With Jerry Starr & the Clippers Train to Nowhere 2:11

54 Cure Another Journey By Train 3:05

55 Blue Aeroplanes Stop This Train (Again Doing It) 6:45

56 Don Thomas Come on Train 3:17

57 Murrumbidgee Whalers Giving Way to Trains 3:25

58 Flaming Hands Tunnels and Trains 3:28

59 Jerry Lee Lewis Waiting for a Train (All Around the Watertank) 1:42

60 Rod Demick & Herbie Armstrong Waiting for the Train 2:44

61 Bobby Wayne Big Train 1:45

62 Enya Trains and Winter Rains 3:43

63 Poppy Ackroyd Trains 3:52

64 Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train 4:50




  1. Thanks for the whole series Butterboy - my father used to work on the railways (in the UK late 50's) so it's always been a big interest for me. I think the only one you missed is Supertramps "Rudy".