Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:29 am
YouTube uploader -- ME wrote:A version of an American ballad later called "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?" and made widely known to folk music appreciators by Woody Guthrie. It also influenced The Carter Family's "Worried Man Blues." Guthrie's "train" has 100 coaches, the Carters' classic has the 16.
Later, Herman "Junior" Parker and Sun Records Producer Sam Phillips used the motif for a song they called "Mystery Train." It became a haunting blues about the long, black train that was 16 coaches long, and gone (though Parker sings "carry my baby from home") . . . "Mystery Train" was later worked up by Elvis Presley at Phillips' Sun Records in a version that tends to reverse the despairing tone of the song about the train that took his girl, and gone. Elvis sang that "it never will again, NO, not again!" Among some other lyrical and structural changes, Presley sang the older "and gone" about the train that "got (his) baby."
It has since become a standard rock 'n' roll piece.
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:32 am
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