train travel

I'll Be With Her

"Midnight Train to Georgia"
Gladys Knight and the Pips
1973

On May 10, 1869, Leland Stanford drove a golden railroad spike through a tie of California laurel wood to complete the first transcontinental rail line in the United States, allowing Americans to travel coast to coast, including from L.A. to Georgia. Read more about I'll Be With Her

Two Lights On Behind

"Love In Vain"
Robert Johnson
1937

Before air travel was common, the railroad station was the place where America said its goodbyes, to those we loved and those we loved in vain. Read more about Two Lights On Behind

Onward and On

For a commuter, an announcement that the next train will be taking no passengers is usually just an annoyance. As described by Augie March, it's a little bit more apocalyptic. Read more about Onward and On

It Goes From Here To There

"Blood On The Coal"
The Folksmen
2003

Travel songs are such an integral part of American folk music that, when Christopher Guest and his former Spinal Tap bandmates took on the folk scene, travel songs had to be a part of it as well. Read more about It Goes From Here To There

Walk Right Out Again

"Big Rock Candy Mountain"
Harry McClintock
1929

Cross-country travel is expensive, and always has been. From the nineteenth century to the Great Depression, some Americans saved money by simply hopping a freight. Read more about Walk Right Out Again

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