Special Stream Line

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Special Stream Line-Booker White
Cross-note tuning with slide, Washboard Sam on washboard

SPOKEN: That's that fast Special Streamline leavin' out of Memphis, Tennessee goin' in to New Orleans. She runnin' so fast the hoboes don't fool with this train, just stand on the track with their hat in their hand. I had a friend-girl that mornin' was catchin' that train she got up singing this song.

SUNG:
Hey, Daddy I'm sorry to leave my home,
Mmmm, mmmmm
Lord, lord, lord, lord

SPOKEN:
She heard that 8:30 local blowin' that morning, she hadn't heard the train in a good while, she thoughted there of that Special Stream Line. She heard that 8:30 local when she's coming to the line to clear it up for that Stream Line blowin' like this:

SOLO

SPOKEN:
She said, "Daddy, is that my train?" I said, "I ain't keepin' up with the train time, I'm tryin' to make a few dimes." She dropped her head and went to singin' and cryin':

SUNG:
Hey, it's all right how you turned me down,
Mmmm, mmmmm
I ain't got a dime

SPOKEN:
After she called for her ticket she heard this Special Stream Line blowin' thirty-six mile from Memphis, Tennessee. Make it lonesome, now, 'cause I'm a hobo myself sometime.

SOLO

SPOKEN:
Man asked her, "What hour the train?"; she told him she didn't know but if she could hear the bell she could tell him more about it. After she dropped over that hill and dropped off in the valley she heard the bell begin to tone like this:

SOLO - "Bell" passage

SPOKEN:
Make it sound like a church bell talk. Little 'fore she got to that ten-mile trundle she blowed then, throwed on airbrakes.

SOLO

SPOKEN:
Airbrakes. When she got to that ten-mile trundle she was gettin' 'cross she was tippin' across them automatic switch gettin' the water and coal on the fly. You could hear her when she's strikin' that double-iron like this:

SOLO

SPOKEN:
When she run 'cross the last one she squalled then:

SOLO

SPOKEN:
This girl looked out and seen that train she commenced to singing and cryin':

SUNG:
Hey, daddy I don't want to leave,
Mmmm, mmmmm
I believe I'll lose my mind

SPOKEN:
When that train got a little 'fore she got to New Orleans she went around that curve you could hear her when she's blowin' like this:

SOLO

SPOKEN:
The peoples all was standin' at the station down there to see that train to come in. You could hear her when she squalled:

SOLO

SPOKEN:
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