Waiting For A Train

Lyrics: Jimmie Rodgers
Music: Jimmie Rodgers

Sung by Ramblin' Jack Elliott with Old And In The Way in 1973 on at least two occasions. The lyrics below are taken from Ramblin' Jack's version (recorded under the title "All Around The Water Tank")

All around the water tank, waiting for a train
A thousand miles away from home, sleeping in the rain
I walked up to a brakeman just to give him a line of talk
He said "If you got money, boy, I'll see that you don't walk
I haven't got a nickel, not a penny can I show
"Get off, get off, you railroad bum" and slammed the boxcar door

He put me off in Texas, a state I dearly love
The wide open spaces all around me, the moon and the stars up above
Nobody seems to want me, or lend me a helping hand
I'm on my way from Frisco, going back to Dixieland
My pocket book is empty and my heart is full of pain
I'm a thousand miles away from home just waiting for a train
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      4 Nov 1973 Live At Sonoma State Old And In The Way

Ramblin' Jack Elliott's version is on his CD "Ramblin' Jack". There's also a version by Dickey Betts on "The Songs Of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute" which also has the Garcia/Grisman version of "Blue Yodel #9."

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography


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