Little Feat - Lonesome Whistle Lyrics




I was ridin' Number Nine,
Headin' south from Caroline.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.
Got in trouble, had to roam,
Left my gal an' left my home.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.

Just a kid, actin' smart,
I went and broke my darling's heart,
I guess I was too young to know.
They took me off the Georgia Main,
Locked me to a ball and chain.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.

All alone I bear the shame,
I'm a number, not a name.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.
All I do is set [sic] an' cry
When the evenin' train goes by.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.

I'll be locked here in this cell
Till my body's just a shell
An' my hair turns whiter than snow.
I'll never see that gal of mine.
Lord, I'm in Georgia doin' time.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.





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  1. Cliodyn Cycwatch

    I find this a thrilling 3-and-a-1/2 minutes of music. Been loving it since 1982. Love the instrumentation. Love the vocals. It shimmers, it soars, it yanks. The world doesn't produce many like Lowell George.

  2. Mikey B

    Anyone happen to know the approximate date of this recording? It's listed as a Lowell George demo on the Hoy Hoy album but no date is mentioned.

  3. roodmood1

    Craftsman Sears & Roebuck 11/16 socket wrench!

  4. Kaylie Barker

    So smooth

  5. Irwin Hirsh

    I was riding Number Nine
    Heading south from Caroline
    I heard that lonesome whistle blow
    Got in trouble, had to roam
    Left my gal an' left my home
    I heard that lonesome whistle blow
    Just a kid, acting smart
    I went and broke my darling's heart
    I guess I was too young to know
    They took me off the Georgia Main
    Locked me to a ball and chain
    I heard that lonesome whistle blow
    All alone, I bear the shame
    I'm a number, not a name
    I heard that lonesome whistle blow
    All I do is sit an' cry
    When the evening train goes by
    I heard that lonesome whistle blow
    I'll be locked here in this cell
    'Till my body's just a shell
    An' my hair turns whiter than snow
    I'll never see that gal of mine
    Lord, I'm in Georgia doing time
    I heard that lonesome whistle blow
    Songwriters: Jimmie Davis / Hank Williams

    Cliodyn Cycwatch

    Those are the Hank lyrics (also used in the cover by George Jones). For this version, Lowell George changed it up a bit.

  6. Halimous Bathyal

    This is a remarkable rendition of this song. It really digs deep into its structure and pulls the solid meaning out of it. Try listening to it when you're looking through the window pane.

  7. Mike Madden

    Sounds like Pink Floyd doing country HOY HOY!!!

  8. ᑭᕼᑌᑎKᗩᗪEᒪᒪIᑕ Şᑌᑎ ᗯIᘔᘔᗩᖇᗪ

    I love Hank. I love Little Feat. I love good covers of good songs. This is one of the best examples of all those things. Good stuff...Thanks for posting.

  9. Greg Harvey

    Nice....

  10. J Schofield

    This is special