I Heard that Lonesome Whistle Blow

Today’s post was written by Paul.

The Streamline Cannon Ball

This is our next-to-last video of this year’s train series, another Hank Williams’ song.

I made plans with about 4-6 other local musicians to do a train song together, but things have been very busy this month and last month, and I haven’t been able to get together with any of them. So I grabbed Chitter again who is always up for a challenge.

I hope to shoot at least one song with Chatter this year or next. It’s hard to slow her down long enough for a video.

Chitter heard me sing this song exactly twice before attempting to film it while she sang harmony, so please excuse the fact that she’s looking at my phone for the lyrics. Every chorus is different, so I can see why she needed some cues.

The reason she’s talking about the phone as the video starts is that in our very first take, which was off to a great start, the phone rang and we had to stop. We put it on vibrate and started take number two. Anyway, we hope you enjoy the video.

If you’re not a fan of acapella (or a cappella), don’t worry, we aren’t necessarily either, and we’re not likely to do another song without instruments. We just whipped this together and liked how it sounded. We hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

I really enjoyed this one and I hope you did too!


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  • Reply
    November 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    You really should consider doing more songs with God-given voices as the instruments.

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    Wanda Devers
    November 25, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Really enjoyed this!

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    November 25, 2019 at 10:15 am

    hmmm – my correction showed up but the original didn’t : mainly saying that train songs bring out the wanderlust in me and I like the way the dissonance then resolution of the whistle sounds reflect life .

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    November 25, 2019 at 10:12 am

    woops – meant acapella is always cool; but then, so is acoustic.

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    November 25, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I love the train songs. Sometimes brings out the wanderlust in me; sometimes the dissonances in the whistle sounds reflects the life expressed in the song. PS – Acoustic is always cool1

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    November 24, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Sure did enjoy that … enjoy just braking out in a song together like that , for the sheer joy of it…:) Happy Thanksgiving to all , gettin together for a great meal, well just being together is truly something to savor anytime 🙂

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    November 24, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Sounds good to me. Good job. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and God Bless!!!

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    Frank Vincent
    November 24, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    knocking it outta the park again! a cappella is beautiful…our church choir does a wonderful job of them when they do them…like this moring. …especially this one lady who has an angelic voice…it warms the soul! Thank you all and a Happy Thanksgiving! When you sit down with your Family’s, please do remember those who are defending our freedoms around the world…! Frank

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    November 24, 2019 at 11:31 am

    This is really good! I’m so glad you shared. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, dear friends! P.S. If any of you would like to share your favorite Christmas memories with us at Homespun Devotions this Christmas season, we would be thrilled to have you participate!

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    November 24, 2019 at 10:45 am

    I am very much a fan of Acapella. Depending on which church I visited as a child, some of them only had Acapella. You did great, and look forward to hearing you with Chatter. Wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    November 24, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I really enjoyed the a cappella version because their voices are so clear. I have always loved trains.

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    Kenneth Ryan
    November 24, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Mighty fine job guys!

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    Ed Ammons
    November 24, 2019 at 9:48 am

    But I am a fan of acapella (or a cappella)! I’m disappointed you’re not likely to do another song without instruments. Harmony is made for a cappella and conversely. Instruments are added to cover up for a lack of ability (or practice).
    Sounding that good in only 1½ takes is astounding. Imagine what you could sound like if you practiced for a while. But add musical instruments and you might not get any better.

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    Sanford McKinney Jr
    November 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

    RE: If you’re not a fan of acapella (or a cappella).
    I’m normally not a fan, but I did enjoy this one.

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    November 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I LOVE acapella singing. THIS was a great/well-done song!

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    Gayle Larson
    November 24, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Loved it. Always look forward to Sunday music.

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    Bill Burnett
    November 24, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I enjoyed this rendition of one of Hank’s train song like many country song it deals with a convict desiring freedom. I think much of the interest in trains started out with Jimmie Rogers and followed through with other country artists like Jojnny Cash. Unlike you I’m a fan of acapella when the harmony works which it does here.

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    November 24, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Chitter and Paul – WOW that was great!!! I was surprised to see no instruments but Paul your beautiful voice raised that song to an A++++++++ and so did Chitter’s voice. I got up early this morning to be surprised to a light blanket of SNOW coming down here in SC PA. I was to pick up a dear lady for church but because we both have some health problems and see that snow out on the road we will stay put. I sure enjoyed your singing this morning as usual. Hope you have better weather and a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. God bless.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 24, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Good job, and really impressive without the instruments to go with it. Pap is really proud up there!

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