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Gandy Dancer’s Ball

Today’s train song features Frankie Laine from the 1955 film, Bring your Smile Along. The song predates the film and is from 1951. This is a bit different from the usual train songs I post here. A Gandy Dancer is someone who is employed by the railroad to do track maintenance such as leveling the track. The late story-teller/folksinger Utah Phillips described it on the recording “Good Though”. According to his story, gandy dancing was once done with shovels manufactured by the Gandy Shovel Company by Irish labourers who would wedge one end of the shovel under the track and dance on the other to raise the rail. Apparently this is not done in the “normal” way any more.

Here’s Frankie Laine…

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  1. Pingback: One Life (from Gandy Dancer to farmer) | My Blog

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