All posts tagged “Utah Phillips

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Songs for Hobos

I love this video featuring John Hartford performing his own Gentle on my Mind… Old Sledge performing Danville Girl… I’ve posted this one before – Baby Gramps doing Big Rock Candy Mountain – but it’s so much fun it deserves another go… And finally, enjoy… Read More

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Moose Turd Pie

I came across Utah Phillips’ magnificent story, “Moose Turd Pie” on the YouTube machine. Do you know it? If now, better take a few minutes and give it a listen. It’s one of my fave stories ever….. Since we’re on the subject of the late… Read More

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The Goodnight Loving Trail

The Goodnight Loving Trail was used to drive cattle in the 1860s. It ran from Texas eventually to Wyoming. The trail was named after an army officer, Charles Goodnight and a cattleman, Oliver Loving. It also happens to be a song written by the late… Read More

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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… Read More

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Train Song of the Day

Starlight on the Rails Here is Rosalie Sorrels covering Starlight on the Rails, which was written by her pal, the late Utah Phillips. Wow, I love this one.  I’ve known this song for many years, but this interpretation of it is simply stunning. “Dreams are… Read More

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Trains, Trains, Trains

Boxcars, by Butch Hancock What will  music be like when there are no more songs about trains or cars? For now, we still have a few and I’m right there clinging to them. Here’s Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band from their fantastic album… Read More

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Crowded Middle

A new poll shows Toronto mayoralty hopeful and blowhard Rob Ford on top, ahead of George Smitherman. The poll shows Ford at 17.8% support compared to Smitherman at 15.9%. Keep in mind that it is a small poll with a margin of error of 3.1%.… Read More