C and O Train

from by Lydia Sylvia Martin

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This song features Lydia Sylvia Martin on banjo and vocals, and harmonia legend Phil Wiggins. I chose this to represent the connection between blues and old time. There was no effort involved in making the blues harmonic and banjo mesh, because they already fit together perfectly. It was completely natural. I was playing this song when I met Phil at Common Ground on the Hill, and I thought it was a good choice. This song comes from field recordings of Maggie Hammons, who was one of the mentors to my teacher, Dwight Diller.


The old woman's standing in the door x2
The old woman's callin' (squallin'?) and the little children bawlin'
Johnny don't you come here no more.

(chorus) I'm bound for the C and O Train x2
I'll pick up my hat and my old walking cane
Bound for that C and O Train.

Well I never will get drunk any more x2
I'll lay my head on the bar-room floor (or, lean my head on the bar-room door) and I never will get drunk, no more.



from Chasing the Ghost, released October 1, 2016
Lydia Martin, Banjo and Vocals
Phil Wiggins, Harmonica




Lydia Sylvia Martin Maryland

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