Riding on that Midnight Train

Today’s post was written by Paul.

The Streamline Cannon Ball

Better late than never! In previous years, I filmed all the train songs well ahead of time. This year, I procrastinated, and the only one I filmed in advance was “The City of New Orleans.”

We were down to the wire with this last one. Matt and I were planning to do it a few days earlier, but several things came up, and we didn’t try filming until Saturday around 3:30.

Add to that the fact that my internet is down to an absolute crawl, and you get an upload that just barely made it.

On the bright side, we had great luck throughout the series when it came to getting good takes on the very first try, including this one.

Doing this song with Matt was super fun! We hadn’t picked or sung with him in quite a few years, but everything seemed to fall into place fairly well.

I apologize that the vocals are kind of hard to hear. We both should have sung louder, but with 5 instruments playing in one kitchen, it was probably a given that the vocals might be a bit smothered.

This song has more of a bluegrass feel than any song we’ve done in the series so far, except for “Bringing in the Georgia Mail” or “The Wreck of O’le 97.”

Since the vocals are a bit hard to hear, I pasted the lyrics below.

No matter what I say or do, You’re never satisfied. I’ve tried and I’ve tried so many times… I’m leaving you now. Goodbye.

I’m riding on that midnight train. My head is hanging low. These awful blues will follow me Wherever I may go.

You broke a heart that trusted you. Why wasn’t it made of stone? You made my world as black as night, And yet I must travel on.

I’m riding on that midnight train. My head is hanging low. These awful blues will follow me Wherever I may go.

Why on earth was I ever born? I’ll never understand. Just to fall in love with a woman like you Who’s in love with another man?

I’m riding on that midnight train. My head is hanging low. These awful blues will follow me Wherever I may go.

Thanks for watching!


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    Glenn Browning
    November 29, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Great job, thanks for sharing!

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    November 29, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Great foot tapping song! I enjoyed it. Thank you all for sharing your talents with us. We appreciate you all!

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    Rick Shepherd
    November 29, 2021 at 6:35 am

    Thanks to Paul, Matt and the group for bringing sunshine into my home this morning long before the sun rose…..I enjoyed the talk and banter as well as the music…..Just what I needed to keep the joy alive in our home….Today is day five since my Mary had surgery repairing two of three torn ligaments in her right hip….When she wakes, I will play your song for her…..Thank You All!

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    Barbara Parker
    November 28, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    I sure did enjoy this !

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    November 28, 2021 at 11:56 am

    I like Glen Campbell’s cover of, ‘Gentle On My Mind’. It’s difficult to hear but there is some serious picking going on behind the vocals. The lyrics are ‘old timey’ in my opinion, and the music is traveling, rolling, moving on in its rhythm.

    I wonder if you all would give a thought to covering it. I know you’d do it proper.

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    Bob Dalsemer
    November 28, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Great! Matt has cut my hair a number of times and I never knew he played! The song was recorded early on by The Stanley Brothers.

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    Linda Logan
    November 28, 2021 at 11:06 am


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    Tom Tenbrunsel
    November 28, 2021 at 10:45 am

    My father used to play and sing “The Wabash Cannonball” on the Banjo Yuke. The memory is still vivid in my soul. Songs, once sung, like a pebble tossed into still water, never end. They go on forever. Sing ye all in one voice. I still have the Banjo Yuke. My gift back to these mountains is my song and poems.

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    Sharon Cole
    November 28, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Enjoyed this song so much! Take care and God bless.

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    Allison B
    November 28, 2021 at 10:16 am

    I could the lyrics fine… but always like to see them written. You all are great… Enjoyed!

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    November 28, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Great job! We really enjoyed it! We have a request for Paul. If you’ve never done “Greenville Trestle High” by Doc Watson, we would love to hear you do that one. Sorry if we missed it if you have already done that one. God bless all of you.

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    November 28, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Good job on that foot tapping video!

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    Ed Ammons
    November 28, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Some years ago there was a video that Corie abruptly ended by saying “What’s for supper?” I need answers to two questions. Was Matt Cook in that video? and What Was for supper?

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      November 28, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Ed-I don’t remember that exact video but Matt did show up in several of the The Pressley Girls videos 🙂 Now what was for supper-I can’t remember!

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    Jim Casada
    November 28, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Tipper–I thoroughly enjoyed that–just my kind of music. I do have a request. Could you share the name of Matt’s YouTube outdoor channel? I listened to Paul say what it was several times but just couldn’t pick up the name. Thanks.

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    Margie G
    November 28, 2021 at 8:08 am

    I swear if I was not down with acute diverticulitis, I’d have danced and flopped all over the house because this song ( although a sad subject) was a real “ barn burner” in my view!!! I can’t believe how fast fingered Stamey Creek gal is!!!! Their was smoke flying off those fiddle strings!!! What great talent y’all got!!! You’re really fantastic musicians and thanks for the joy!!! I needed it!!!

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    Sandra henderson
    November 28, 2021 at 7:50 am

    That was so good! Great rhythm and sound. This is such a fun series. I hope it keeps going.

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    Kathy Gautier
    November 28, 2021 at 7:32 am

    That is great. Loved the song! I appreciate all of you so much. Keep the music going.

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    Kathy Gautier
    November 28, 2021 at 7:31 am

    Loved the song! I appreciate all of you so much. Keep the music going.

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    Martha D Justice
    November 28, 2021 at 7:05 am

    I loved this, keep these videos coming !!☺

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      Tina Huffman
      November 28, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      SPLENDID! Absolutely splendid!

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    donna sue
    November 28, 2021 at 7:04 am

    Great song and great performance by everyone! I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for the lyrics and great description, Paul. It was fun seeing Matt Cook in the video. I hope he can join you guys again in more songs!

    Donna. : )

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    Miss Cindy
    November 28, 2021 at 6:16 am

    Good job for our Sunday morning visit!

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