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Ride This Train (Part 1) Lyrics

Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: Ride This Train

Ride this train up and down and across a strange wonderful land
It's almost like a fairyland when you to think about it
You go through places with names like Tuscaloosa Kokomo Muskogee Oshkosh Saginaw
Eureka Bandera Battle Creek Sioux City Chattanooga
Hattiesburg Lynchburg and Baltinare Arkansas
You see I'm a million different people from all over the world
And I've been coming to this country for hundreds of years
This was the Promised Land for me
But let's not forget that when I came here
There were already millions of people living in teepees along the rivers
And hunting deer and buffalo for food and shelter
And it's with a little regret that I think of how I pushed them back
And crowded them out to claim this land for myself or for another country
But the Indians' hearts must have been full of music
For they left names with me that seem to sing
Names like Mohawk Mandan Kickapoo Cree Yacoma Seminole Crow Shawnee
Choctaw Delaware Fox Paiute Winnebago Cheyenne Blackfoot
Navajo Ute Comanche Quapaw Creek Apache Sioux Chippewa
Ardua Hupa Shoshone Mow Hicano Sage Menomini
Shinouk Arapaho Nez Perce Iroquois Pony Cutenai
Flathead Chickasaw Pueblo Yuma Pima Pomo Caddo
Well a lot of them are still with me and I'm glad
It's for sure their names will always be with me
But let's look a little at the heart and muscle of this land
Few things you don't read in books things that aren't taught in school
Now you take this little town we're goin' through here this is Beach Creek Kentucky
And right down there in the valley that's where our house used to be
It was a little shotgun shack with a spring out back
And a smokehouse and another little bitty house and that's about all
My pa was a coalminer like most everybody in Mulengerg County
Worked in the mines all his life
I guess he didn't have much ambition to do anything else
Cause they say coalmining kinda gets in your blood
Matter of fact pa said if they ever drained the blood out of him
It would be blacker than black strap moulesen
When I was a kid I used to sit at the fireplace there with mom
And wait on pa to get in from the mine
And we'd sure get anxious if he was ever late
Ma would rock back and forth and watch the clock listin' for pa to hit the front porch
Then he'd come in nothin' clean but the whites of his eyes
And he'd reach for that lie-soap and starts scrubbin'
And I'd stand back and watch him and say to myself
Boy I'll be glad when I get big enough to work in the mines


by Stephen Melton [Voided37] on 1/2/2009 1:19am
I'll be glad to comment.
I've been trying to find these singsong, poetic lyrics of some of the hundreds of First Natives tribal names, on the 'net for a couple of years. NOW I HAVE!
I heard these [Mohawk Mandan Kickapoo Cree] names rapped out on a J. Cash album when I was young and have been trying to find the song title every since then. With no luck, till now...
If you want to hear a song that was rap before rap was, here it is.
Plus the way he speaks out the names of the tribes and their heartfelt influence on the American verbal landscape is beautiful.
If you care about our countries first inhabitants, the spoken word genre of song, or Johnny Cash's influence on us all, give this song a listen, it's amazing.
by Don on 12/9/2011 10:00am
I have spent much time in the west as well as reading Louis Lamour. Ifeel such a kinshjp with these names&people.My Grandmother was mostly cherokee was mostly Cherokee, and my great great grandfather was in trailof tears.
by shaun on 5/29/2012 5:32am
it's 'lye' soap in lines towards end
by Kim on 9/7/2018 9:22am
Has anyone found someplace to actually hear this song?
by n/a on 10/13/2020 8:21pm
"Loading Coal" is the song with these Native tribal names lyrics from the album "Ride This Train" by Johnny Cash
by Lindy on 3/18/2023 2:09pm
I grew up in rural MT, and listened to this almost everyday of my childhood. I sent in some corrections according to my memory- Some of the names were wrong. So glad to have found the lyrics written down though. I'm teaching them to my grandkids. I still have the original well-worn album!

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