Of Trains and Telling

You all know I’m a ‘show and tell’ blogger – I rarely blog without photos, ’cause this blog is about sharing the beauty in my life with you, and I don’t have time to paint word pictures of everything. So, when my camera’s card reader is broken, I feel too handicapped to blog. I keep taking pictures, but can’t get them off my camera right now. (maybe when Jeremy gets home).

I’ve been too busy to blog, anyway, though. September is birthday month around here. We have 7 birthdays to celebrate in the space of a month (5 family members and 2 close friends). Anyone considering marrying into either I or my husband’s family are screened first by what month their birthday is in. Sorry, September is full. (Joking – I promise, I’m joking…)

There was one thing I was going to blog about the other day that didn’t involve pictures, so I’ll tack that onto this post to give this some substance.

We have a little boy at our house who loves trains. He is almost 3 and I can hardly wait for his birthday ’cause his gift has everything to do with little wooden tracks and a blue engine named Thomas (hooray for birthday shopping on Craig’s list!:)). This month he is finally learning to sing, and he loves to sing songs about trains. This is where I need help. I only know two train songs. Can anyone else suggest some more train songs for us to sing together? We love to sing in the car while we’re running errands. And I’m getting a little tired of my limited repitiore. Here are the ones we know:

Here comes the Bible Train,
Chugging around the bend.
I know the engineer,
He’s my special Friend.
Destination Heaven,
Stops along the way,
Hurry up, we’re leaving
So get on board today!

I think that one has more words, but that’s all I know. The other one is a favorite bedtime song handed down in our family from my English Grandmother.

Hush, here comes the dream man
Hush, here comes the dream man
All you children, run up the stairs
Put on your nighties and say your prayers
And ride with Mr. Dream Man
Till morning comes again
And see all the wonders of wonderland
On the Dream Man’s Train
Choo, choo, choo, chooooooo

We look forward to your suggestions…

11 responses to “Of Trains and Telling”

  1. Natalie_S Avatar

    This Train is Bound for Glory. Bonus points for getting Jeremy to dress all in black while singing it ๐Ÿ˜€ Here's a like to Johnny Cash's version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvMxUtPfxtM

  2. Karen Avatar

    Yeah I know but I like that part and I sing it to my to my grandson to make him laugh when we eat spaghetti ๐Ÿ™‚ After the somebody sneezed part I sing – It rolled off the table and on to the floor” and then my poor meatball it rolled out the door , It rolled down the side walk and into the street and then when a car comes
    it's nothing but meat !!!While slapping my hands together like splat! And he giggles!We are having way too much fun with this aren't we? lol

  3. Jen Avatar

    Karen, I'm almost sure that song was on there too, except I think it was “I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.”

  4. Karen Avatar

    That last one was so funny.Reminds me of On top of Spaghetti ! “And then my poor meatball was nothing but meat.” LOL Wow interesting responses though Trina ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jen Avatar

    Wee Sing also has a Silly Songs tape (it was a tape when I was growing up, maybe there is a CD now) but one of them was:

    A peanut sat on the railroad tracks
    His heart was all a-flutter.
    Around the bend came Number 10,
    Toot, Toot! Peanut Butter! Squish.

  6. sjbohall Avatar

    I have a cd called Wee Sing America. The first half is patriotic songs and quotes. The second half is more about settling the country. There is a section of four songs about the railroad: I've Been Workin' on the Railroad; John Henry;Drill, Ye Tarriers Drill; and Paddy Works on the Railroad. I listened to it all the time growing up and also use it a lot with my third grade class. It is about an hour long. I think there would also be a lot of other songs Jesse would enjoy.

  7. Alice Avatar

    Down by the station early in the morning,
    See the little pufferbellies all in a row.
    See the engine driver pull the little handle
    Chug, chug, toot, toot, off we go!

  8. Abigail Avatar

    “There's a long black train, comin' down the line, feedin' off the…” hmm maybe not.

    Oh I know. “I hear the train a'comin, it's rolling round the bend, and I ain't seen the sunshine, since, I don't know when; I'm stuck in Folsom Prison…” Haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Maybe just “I've been workin' on the railroad.” ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. Pam Avatar

    There's a great book called “Gonna Sing my Head Off: American folks songs for children”

    In it are some train & train related classics — Casey Jones, City of New Orleans (a great, modern train song), and for Jesse's age — Freight Train. Also, I've been working on the Railroad.

    I had a train boy myself — well, I still have him, and he still puts the lego train around my Christmas tree.

    There are also some beautiful train related chidren's books — my favorite is Train Song by Diane Siebert. Your local library might have it.

    Googling for the author of Train song brought up “Train Song Singalong” on amazon — you might want to check it out. It reminded me of some other classics like “This train is Bound for Glory” and 500 Miles (sad but lovely).

    Enjoy your birthdays and your train boy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Rachel Avatar

    There's a song I sang a lot when I was little called, I'm Going to the Mansion on the Happy Day Express… It doesn't say “train” specifically but it's about one…

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