Sunday, June 14, 2015

I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow

Guy gets in trouble,
Leaves gal in Carolina,
Gets jailed in Georgia.

This is a Hank Williams song that Bob Dylan played a few times in the early 1960s in studio rehearsals and on the radio and, I'm assuming, in shows here and there. It can be found on the first volume of the "50th Anniversary Collection" series, as an outake from the sessions for "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" that he recorded in 1962.

Verse 1: Knocks up girlfriend, has to hop a train.
Verse 2: He was young and stupid. Whatever else he did, he also broke his girlfriend's heart. He also presumably committed a crime as he was sent to prison in Georgia.
Verse 3: He's ashasmed, just a number, not a name. He listens to the lonesome train whistle as the train rolls by.
Verse 4: He'll be in prison for life.





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