Train on the Island (June Apple/June Appal)

DESCRIPTION: Floating verses, "Train on the island, thought I heard it blow, Go tell my true love, I'm sick and I can't go." "Train on the island, listen to it squeal, Go and tell my true love how happy I do feel." Verses mostly about courting and separation
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (recording, J. P. Nestor)
KEYWORDS: courting separation floatingverses separation abandonment nonballad music
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 97, "Train on the Island" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, TRAINIS

RECORDINGS:
Charlie Higgins et al, "June Apple" [instrumental] (on LomaxCD1702)
J. P. Nestor, "Train on the Island" (Victor 21070A, 1927; on AAFM3, TimesAint01)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Train on the Island" (on NLCR13)
Crockett Ward & his Boys "Train on the Island" (OKeh, unissued, 1927); Fields Ward, Glen Smith & Wade Ward, "Train on the Island" (on HalfCen1)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Going Across the Sea" (floating lyrics)
NOTES: As a rule of thumb, this seems to be called "Train on the Island" when it is sung but "June Appal" when played as a fiddle tune. There are exceptions, of course. - RBW
File: ADR97

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