It is interesting how the railroad has influenced music over the years. Not only have artists used and imitated the rhythms and the sounds that are uniquely created by the railroad, but also used the terminology and titles of the men and women who work on the railroad. The second verse of Chuck Berry's 1958 rock and roll classic hit Johnny B. Goode, is a fine example of this.
He use to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
And sit beneath the trees by the railroad track.
Oh, the engineers used to see him sitting in the shade,
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made.
The People passing by, they would stop and say
Oh my that little country boy could play.
The following Youtube Playlist has been created and is periodically updated with new selections as they are found for your enjoyment. They encompass a wide range of genres. So sit back and enjoy the Songs of the Railroad.