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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
12-Oct-10 - 12:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Hell-Bound Train
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Hell-Bound Train
"Railroad to Hell ...." appears in broadsides, 19th c., prior to Retta Brown's verse. Most collectors consider the Retta Brown attribution dubious.
See above the 1876 version by Tarbox.
Tom Gray was credited in Fawcett's "Smokehouse Poetry.
Norn Cohen attributes some more modern versions to F. H or M Lehman, Railroad Mans Magazine 1910, and a cowboy version was collected by Lomax and others.

Tom Gray's Dream appeared without attribution in a railroad magazine, 1907 (see Dixon post, above, 1907).

Norm Cohen, Long Steel Rail leaves it open, but points to various temperance songs of the mid-19th c.