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Sister Rosetta Tharpe - "This Train (Is Bound For Glory)" information, video, & lyrics .

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents information about the Spiritual or Early Black Gospel song "This Train (Is Bound For Glory)".

This post also provides information about Sister Rosetta Tharpe and showcases a video of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and band performing the Gospel song "This Train (Is Bound For Glory).

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Thanks to Sister Rosetta Tharpe for her musical legacy and thanks to all the musicians that are featured in this video. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.


Subject: DTStudy: This Train (is bound for glory)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jun 16 - 05:14 PM is the entry from the Traditional Ballad Index:
This Train

DESCRIPTION: "This train is bound for glory... If you ride it, you must be holy." "This train don't pull no gamblers..." (And so forth, through various sinners the train doesn't pull.) "This train don't pull no extras... Don't pull nothin' but the Heavenly Special."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1922 (recording, Florida Normal Industrial Institute Quartet)

Biddleville Quintette, "This Train is Bound for Blory" (Paramount 12448, 1927)
Big Bill Broonzy, "This Train" (on Broonzy01)
Florida Normal Industrial Institute Quartet, "Dis Train" (OKeh 40010, 1924; rec. 1922)
Garland Jubilee Singers [pseud. for Bryant's Jubilee Quartet] "This Train" (Banner 32267/Oriole 8098/Romeo 5098, all 1931/Perfect 190, 1932; on RoughWays2)
Lulu Belle & Scotty, "This Train" (OKeh 04910, 1939)
S. E. Mullis Blue Diamond Quartet, "Dis Train" (Champion 16424, 1932)
Southern Plantation Singers, "This Train is Bound for Glory" (Vocalion 1250, 1929; rec. 1928)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "This Train" (Decca 2558, 1939) (Down Beat 104 [as Sister Katty Marie], n.d.)

NOTES: Cohen observes that there are two basic forms of this song, the "This Train" version in the description and a type he calls "Same Train": "Same train carry my mother, same train (x2). Same train carry my mother, Same train be back tomorrow, same train."

There isn't much different in age, but Cohen argues that "Same Train" is older because it is much less interesting. I would say he is almost certainly right."...

From: Mr Red
Date: 17 Jun 16 - 03:23 AM

"FWIW because of his Autobiography, people, understandably, assume Woodie Guthrie wrote it. I have seen a statement by him somewhere to the effect he was putting the record straight. He regarded the song as trad."
"trad" = "traditional", meaning an old song whose composer is unknown
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic acompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as "the original soul sister" and "the godmother of rock and roll".[1][3][4][5][6] She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.[5][7][8]

Willing to cross the line between sacred and secular by performing her music of "light" in the "darkness" of nightclubs and concert halls with big bands behind her, Tharpe pushed spiritual music into the mainstream and helped pioneer the rise of pop-gospel, beginning with her 1939 hit "This Train".[1] Her unique music left a lasting mark on more conventional gospel artists, such as Ira Tucker, Sr., of the Dixie Hummingbirds. While she offended some conservative churchgoers with her forays into the pop world, she never left gospel music."...
This excerpt is reformatted for this post for greater reading clarity.

That folk music forum discussion thread contains additional text (lyric only) examples and additional comments about this religious song.

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Sister Rosetta Tharpe / "This Train (is bound for Glory)" - (live performance)

Enzo Gianvittorio, Published on Jul 11, 2014

This train is a clean train, this train
This train is a clean train, this train
This train is a clean train, everybody's riding in Jesus' name
This train is a clean train, this train.

This train is bound for Glory, this train
This train is bound for Glory, you know this train
This train is bound for Glory,
Everybody riding here got to be holy
'Cause this train is a clean train, This train

But this train, don't pull no lairs, this train
you got to get off. This train, don't pull no lairs,
no false pretenders, and not bad b..
because this train is a clean train
This Train !

But this train, don't pull no wankers
I said this train don't pull no wankers, this train
no no no no no don't pull no wankers,
no crap shooters and no whiskies drinkers...
It's a clean train
This Train !

You know, this train don't pull no jokers, this train
This train don't pull no jokers, ah ah this train
Hey, this train don't pull no jokers,
no tobacco chewers and no cigar smokers
'Cause this train is a clean train, I said this train.

This train is on the way to Glory, this train.
Yeah this train, is on the way to Glory, ohhh this train.
You know this train is on the way to Glory
everybody riding it it got to be holly holly
'Cause this train is a clean train,
This Train !
Here are two comments from that video's discussion thread:
Mrs. Cardenas, 2015
"Lovely! Good'ol music, where are u this days!😕😭😭😭 It's a beautify, soulful song"

jchbsurf, 2015
"Not so well remembered any longer but Ms Tharpe was a monster talent."
Describing a person as being "a monster talent" means that that person is (was) exceptionally talented (has/had super human talent). This is a positive description and is the same as saying that the person is "a beast".

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  1. Click for text examples and a video of the historically Black Greek letter sorority Alpha kappa Alpha's adaptation of the Spiritual/Early Gospel song "This Train".