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American Freedom Train Record : HERE COMES THE FREEDOM TRAIN

In 1973 Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner recorded "Here Comes the Freedom Train" for the Foundation. Porter also recorded "All Aboard America". They were both available on a 45 rpm record.

 

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"Here Comes The Freedom Train"
Music and Lyrics by Stephen H. Lemberg

All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.
All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.

The Freedom Train’s a-rollin’
Down two hundred years of track.
Two hundred years of glory,
Never to turn back.
The train is called America,
Your ticket is the dream,
That lit the torch of freedom
For all the world to see.

She left the station in Lexington
In 1776
And rolled to Philadelphia
Where the Liberty Bell was fixed.
George Washington was the engineer,
John Adams shoveled coal.
Ben Franklin punched the tickets,
Tom Jefferson added soul.

All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.
All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.

She rolled to Old New Orleans
For the battle of 1812.
With Old Hickory at the throttle
She drove the British out.
The Freedom Train's a fine train.
The best the world has seen.
Her whistle blows for the liberty.
Democracy is the steam.

Wheels forged in sweaty Pittsburgh
Rolled ‘cross the Mississipp'
From Texas to Missouri,
A new exciting trip.
Then bang --- track was broken,
Smashed by a cannonball.
Blue and gray divided.
Will the nation stand or fall?

All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.
All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.

Then Honest Abe stepped in the cab
And the wheels began to roll.
The Freedom Train must never stop.
The republic never fall.
Through the bloody fields of Gettysburg,
The tears shone in his eyes.
As he drove the train with fury,
And freedom did survive.

Once again the train rolled westward.
To California’s golden shore.
Through the desert and prairie,
Stronger than before,
From Atlantic to Pacific
She rolled the rails with pride,
And traveled the tracks to glory
That good old American kind.

All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.
All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.

Oh, there's much more to this story.
There’s Wilson and Roosevelt.
Who passed the torch to Truman.
The flame did not go out.
Of Dwight D. Eisenhower and LBJ we sing,
Two brothers known as Kennedy.
And Martin Luther King.

And still the train rolls forward
Over history's rugged trail
Strengthened by her journey
Her light will never fail.
And you and I will roll along
And stroke the freedom fire.
For we stand tall --- Americans all
No honor can be higher.

All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.
All aboard America! Here comes the Freedom Train.

 
       
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