Jimmie rodgers - the short but brilliant life of jimmie rodgers


One of Jimmie Rodgers’ most popular and successful songs, “Waiting For A Train” certainly justifies it’s popularity. It’s one of the artist’s indisputable masterpieces, and arguably the best single example of Rodgers’ art. The lyric is magnificent, and it forces you to pay attention from the opening – “All around the water tank/Waitin’ for a train/A thousand miles away from home/Sleeping in the rain”. This is lyric writing of the highest order, and is rather like Hank Williams in it’s poeticism and simplicity. With a gorgeous fiddle part and a lovely easy melody, the song positively glides along, and, although essentially a blues song, Rodgers’ easy delivery makes it sound like a lullaby.

Well, I love the women
And I love them all the same
I love the women
And I love them all the same
I love the women
But not enough to give them my name

These women make a fool
Out of me, Lord out of me

I take a girl to dinner
She hangs around my neck
When I take a girl to dinner, Lord
She hangs around my neck
She pays the taxi
Also pays my check

These women make a fool
Out of me, Lord out of me

Well, she rubs my back with alcohol
Just to cure my cough
Well, she rubs my back with alcohol
Just to cure my cough
Well, I almost broke my back
Trying to lick the alcohol off

These women make a fool
Out of me, Lord out of me

Rodgers' father worked as a maintenance foreman on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad; due to the constant travel required by his work, he was in no position to raise three young children on his own. So Jimmie Rodgers spent his formative years shuffling amongst various relatives' homes in southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama. Although he was never quite the "poor orphan child" he later depicted in his songs, Rodgers' did endure an unprivileged and itinerant childhood, something that would shape his consciousness and his music for the rest of his life.


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