With a train song a day, eventually the Wabash Cannonball would have to come around on the guitar. I’d like to feature a live performance by Mac Wiseman from 1957.
Wabash Cannonball is an old tune, originating in the late 19th century. It was popularized by The Carter Family and Roy Acuff in the 1930s. As the story goes, Paul Bunyan’s brother Cal (no, I’m not kidding) built a railroad that was 700 cars long. It went so fast that it arrived at its destination an hour before it departed. Now that’s fast. One day it took off into outer space and is still up there today. Hobos called the train The Wabash Cannonball, and it’s whistle has been heard in every hobo jungle in America. The Wabash Cannonball is the freight you hop when you’ve tied your last bindle. It’s the train that takes you to the Big Rock Candy Mountain, to a better place beyond the cares of the world.
Now that’s a train!