This is an interesting song. It comes from Jenes Cottrell of WV. In college I got the Jenes Cottrell CD because Dwight Diller recommended it. I spend many hours listening. In particular one night in the dark I was listening to the bass notes on this song. I drew a connection in my mind between the bass notes and the railroad tracks. There were railroad tracks behind a friend's house where I spent time hanging out. I've always found them kind of interesting. There were railroad tracks too, and still are, by O'Hurley's General Store in Shepherdstown, and the town where I grea up, Boyds, has a train stop, and later I lived in Brunswick, MD which is on the train line. So this is the second train song on this album, the first being Maggie Hammons' C and O Train, which sounds like a few other songs.
Cherry River line is odd because it plays with the key and the modal notes. Eli Smith is doing cool stuff on the bass notes on the guitar in this recording, and my mom Jeanean Martin was able to come up with a harmony when I was stumped. There is a slight hiss on the track. This is due to levels when it was recorded in Brooklyn. We weren't able to get it off in the studio in Louisiana, but it sort of add the feel of listening to a record. Cherry River Line. Hope you like it.
Well it's lonesome here, it's lonesome all the time.
Lonesome on that Cherry, Cherry River Line.
Got a girl on yonder's mountain, I know she won't be mine.
I know that she loves me, 'cause she's always on my mind.
Yonder stands little Miguel, her wineglass in her hand.
She's drinking down her troubles, courting another man.
Well, when I die just bury me by the tie.
I can hear that Number Four when she goes rolling by.
Well, it's lonesome here, it's lonesome everywhere.
Lonesome on that Cherry, Cherry River Line
from Chasing the Ghost
released October 1, 2016
Lydia Sylvia Martin, banjo and vocal
Eli Smith, guitar
Jeanean Martin, vocal