Joan Baez - Railroad Boy Lyrics




She went upstairs to make her bed
And not one word to her mother said.
Her mother she went upstairs too
Saying, "Daughter, oh daughter, what's troublin' you?":
"Oh mother, oh mother, I cannot tell
That railroad boy that I love so well.
He courted me my life away
And now at home will no longer stay."
"There is a place in yonder town
Where my love goes and he sits him down.
And he takes that strange girl on his knee
And he tells to her what he won't tell me."
Her father he came home from work
Sayin', "Where is my daughter, she seems so hurt"
He went upstairs to give her hope
An' he found her hangin' by a rope.
He took his knife and he cut her down
And on her bosom these words he found:
"Go dig my grave both wide and deep,
Put a marble stone at my head and feet,
And on my breast, put a snow white dove
To warn the world that I died of love.





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  1. Yarbloco

    What a sad, beautiful song. Reminds me of van Zandt

    marlene riggs

    Amen to that. You get Sky Blue yet? FANTASTIC!

    Yarbloco

    @marlene riggs nope, this was my artist-discovering song. I'll check it out! Plus you reminded me that I intended to learn the chords, so double thanks ^^

    Yarbloco

    @marlene riggs oh I just realized Sky Blue is a van Zandt album x) but I'll check it out anyway cos I've only listened to a couple of the songs there haha

  2. taddyd1

    Brilliant vocal. Heartbreaking delivery.

  3. 최윤애

    Her voice is breathtaking~~♡

  4. L. Salisbury

    Shortest list in the world: Happy songs recorded by Joan Baez!

  5. muz chan

    I was looking for this song so desperately... just got together with my brother and a few lads to form a band.
    Now I find it sung by joan, which was referred to me, as a very good musician from "back then", by my dad.
    Thank you for uploading.

    Blessings from Austria!

  6. L. Salisbury

    Somebody oughtta write a follow-up song where her parents take a shotgun to the bastard!

  7. Frank

    Nice Nazareth cover

  8. Ron Talley

    Glad I heard this one. Thanks for sharing.

    Ron

  9. dean b

    She has a nice voice but I'm glad this old timey high pitch type of singing went out of style

    subscribe to PEWDIEPIE

    I disagree so much

  10. Martina Hoschkara

    love, light and peace shall be in the whole world

  11. Nemes Imre

    beautiful song

  12. Geve!

    Lyrics:

    She went upstairs to make her bed
    And not one word to her mother said.
    Her mother she went upstairs too
    Saying, "Daughter, oh daughter, what's troublin' you?":
    "Oh mother, oh mother, I cannot tell
    That railroad boy that I love so well.
    He courted me my life away
    And now at home will no longer stay."
    "There is a place in yonder town
    Where my love goes and he sits him down.
    And he takes that strange girl on his knee
    And he tells to her what he won't tell me."
    Her father he came home from work
    Sayin', "Where is my daughter, she seems so hurt"
    He went upstairs to give her hope
    An' he found her hangin' by a rope.
    He took his knife and he cut her down
    And on her bosom these words he found:
    "Go dig my grave both wide and deep,
    Put a marble stone at my head and feet,
    And on my breast, put a snow white dove
    To warn the world that I died of love.

    Larry youguessame

    Geve Gaming can’t seem to copy..Eyeyeye

  13. Ariana Peruzzi

    Irish/English version is the butcher boy. Clancy's do a nice version on P Seeger's Rainbow Quest

  14. Esther Gavillet

    Old vinyl of my younger years. Thank you very much. Shared on G+ October 9, 2016

    Jean Gorin

    Joli partage !

  15. Evelyne Dasnoy

    J'ai encore ce "disque noir"... J'adore!

  16. Brian McInnis

    The Magnetic Fields' 'Railroad Boy' is sixty quadrillion times better.

    Nemes Imre

    you're wrong, was Joan Baez has a beautiful voice, wonderfully singing this song.

  17. Duangduean Kruanha

    Supper !!

  18. Simon Trebb

    Isn't that the diamond best of vanguard years box sets cover?
    Where did you get it, I couldn't find it on the internet or somewhere else.

  19. Bob Hope

    I've no idea, but she drove me crazy with all that howling. Boom, boom!

    gymnastix

    "Warbling" would be a better word for Joan Baez's voice on this recording of "Railroad Boy." That said, there is a good duet version of the song with Baez and Bob Dylan, in Dylan's 1976 NBC television special "Hard Rain," filmed in Fort Collins, Colorado..

    And you just haven't lived until you've heard Baez strip away all the soul from Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil's "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (popularized by The Righteous Brothers' fantastic recording of the tune, produced by Phil Spector). Or, more simply put, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is not meant to be sung by a soprano.

  20. Albatross1970

    Σαν να τραγουδούν άγγελοι...

  21. Харитон Запой

    в детстве её песни мне колыбельными были.. спс Господи за красивых людей

  22. Jérôme Tiphaine

    super !!!

  23. Starlyte Ht

    Her voice sends shivers up my spine...she's beautiful :)

  24. monique gazzo

    une belle version.

  25. schnurri2207

    ein song aus der glücklichen zeit in meinem leben ... lang ist es her ...

  26. Folky Seven

    Magnificent!! Simple words - tragic story - perfect voice -amazing guitar skills, and so young... I love her, can you tell?...

  27. LouysofMC

    For the French and the nostalgic, the melody was used for a nice song of Marie Laforêt 'Tu fais semblant' /watch?v=YyDLVzpxtsU

  28. LouysofMC

    The most beautiful song of her 'Child ballads' early period.

  29. Sandy Martinelli Sullivan

    Excellent!!

  30. pdubs926

    @LadyDiogenes the govt mule versions so much better man but this is stil pretty good

  31. Ida Jablanovec

    Always loved this version by Baez. Applause! Applause! More of her renditions of old songs, please.

  32. dash dashdash

    all the memories... thx thx thx

  33. taddyd1

    The most beautiful storyteller ever.