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Sunshine Special

This song is by Blind Lemon Jefferson and appears on the compilation Lonesome Whistle: An Anthology of American Railroad Song (2012).

Bought me a railroad now, so that Sunshine Specials can run
Bought me a railroad now, so that Sunshine Specials can run
I got a gang of womens, man, they ride from sun to sun

Same old fireman, gonna keep the same old engineer
Got the same old fireman, the same old engineer
Well, that Sunshine Special's gonna run me on 'way from here

Gonna leave on the Sunshine Special, goin' in on the Santa Fe
Leave on the Sunshine Special, goin' in on the Santa Fe
Don't say nothin' about that Katy, because it's taken my brown from me

Gonna ride that Kansas-Texas, ride on to San Antone
Ride that Kansas-Texas, ride it on to San Antone
Somebody's been tryin' to fire your engine, man, ever since you been gone

Cotton Belt is a slow train, also that I&GN
Cotton Belt is a slow train, also that I&GN
I say, the Cotton Belt's a slow train, also that I&GN
If I leave Texas any more, I'm gonna leave on that L&N

Recorded:

October 1927; Chicago, IL