>I'm sorry, but I can't stand it.
>Please note corrections below.
>> >> Were there any other REAL trains that had mainstream hit songs
>> >written about them.
>> >> Repeat: REAL trains that had mainstream hit songs written about them.
>> >> NOT: Wabash Cannonball, Blue Water Line, Casey Jones or The Wreck of
>> >Old 97.
Such a lot of work, Gary. And you did a helluva good job too. As far as I can
determine, you are spot-on.
But you, like so many others, seem to have missed the point. I can only conclude that
it must be my fault for not asking the question in a better way.
The "City of New Orleans" is about the train itself. It is about the "life and times"
of the train. It is philosophically and emotionally tied to the train as a corporeal
entity. The train is both a real train and a metaphorical one. The story (song) is
an allegory. That Goodman chose a real train to write about is a huge plus. IMO it
is the best railroad song of all time.
"Casey Jones" is not a song about IC train # 1, it's a song about John L. Jones. It's
really a song about a train wreck, but here the wreck is almost secondary to Jones as
the main focus.
The Wreck of Old 97 is, likewise, a song about a train wreck. The work does not
focus on # 97 as the center of interest. The center of interest is the wreck. # 97
is there because it was the one wrecked. Beyond that it has no significance of its
No one, least of all me, ever said that they weren't real railroad songs, or that
they were fictional. I said they were not specifically about a particular train, and
they aren't. They are event-related, not object related, and there is the difference.
BTW: John Luther Jones was born in Sykeston Missouri. His family moved to Cayce
Kentucky when he was an infant and he subsequently grew up there. He worked for
several different railroads, including the Mobile & Ohio, which was the reason he
went to Jackson, Tennessee. In those days Jackson was a rail center with four
railroad companies operating there. While in Jackson he joined the Illinois Central.
He was nick-named Cayce because that was were he was from, Cayce, Kentucky.
Jones was known as "Cayce" ~ , not "Casey" ~ .
>I just hate it when people distort history, don't you? :-)
Yes, I do. It drives me up the flippin' wall.