It’s been a while since we had a top list and I figured train songs would be a great topic. So here are my Top 5 train songs:
- The Monkees – Last Train To Clarksville: This one has a lot of sentimental value for me and while it might not be one of the best train songs ever written it’s still one of my absolute favorites. A lot of train songs remind me of my grandpa, because reasons, but this one reminds of me of Saturdays with my mom and those memories are more than welcome.
- Jerry Jeff Walker – Some Go Home (The Train Song): Most folks would probably pick Desperadoes Waiting For A Train if they put a Jerry Jeff song of their list. This is a more of a deep cut about life in general and I think it’s a little more melancholy than Desperadoes and for that reason it’s a little higher on my list. Trust me, Desperadoes is on my list, it’s just not in the Top 5.
- Johnny Cash – Hey Porter: This is truly one that reminds of my Grandpa. From hearing him play it to the wooden train toys he made me by hand, that I failed to appreciate, while I was growing up. This is truly the stuff of fond memories and good times.
- Woody Guthrie – Hobo’s Lullaby: A true classic of the folk genre and beautifully performed song. I went back and grabbed Woody’s version but truly any cover I’ve heard has been amazing. I really like Woody’s take on this 1938 classic. The recording isn’t perfect but I think that adds to the experience.
- Avail – West Wye: As far as I know this is one of the only punk songs about trains and it’s the one that’s inspired the most wanderlust in me in recent years. The opening creates the perfect amount tension which drop you right in to Tim Barry’s vocals backed by the rest of Avail providing the perfect amount of drive to match the lyrics. I think that regardless of how life goes that this will always by my favorite train song.
There you have it, my top 5 train songs, so let’s have your thoughts on them as well as your top train songs…