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Song title: I heard that lonesome whistle

(Acuff-Rose) Music/Hiriam Music/Peer International Corp., 1951

I heard that lonesome whistle

I was ridin' Number Nine,
Headin' south from Caroline.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.
Got in trouble, had to roam,
Left my gal an' left my home.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.
Just a kid, actin' smart,
I went and broke my darling's heart,
I guess I was too young to know.
They took me off the Georgia Main,
Locked me to a ball and chain.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.

All alone I bear the shame,
I'm a number, not a name.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.
All I do is set [sic] an' cry
When the evenin' train goes by.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.

I'll be locked here in this cell
Till my body's just a shell
An' my hair turns whiter than snow.
I'll never see that gal of mine.
Lord, I'm in Georgia doin' time.
I heard that lonesome whistle blow.

Notes: These are the original lyrics.


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This song has never been published on any official release.

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 28/08/1978 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh,PA ,USA during the Darkness Tour, during the soundcheck.
 - 29/08/1978 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh,PA ,USA during the Darkness Tour
 - 20/09/1978 Capitol Theatre, Passaic,NJ ,USA during the Darkness Tour, during the soundcheck.

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Unique known live performance: 29/08/1978 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh,PA ,USA

Song 'history':


Bruce gave this song one only shot through the Darkness tour (29/08/1978 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh,PA ,USA)
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