Going for a Pardon

DESCRIPTION: The pretty little girl on the train has no ticket. Her father is in prison and going blind; she is going for a pardon. The conductor lets her stay on the train. She meets the governor and is granted a pardon for her father
AUTHOR: Words: James Thornton and Clara Hauenschild / Music: James Thornton
EARLIEST DATE: 1896 (copyright)
KEYWORDS: prison father disability pardon family children train
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Cohen-LongSteelRail, pp. 316-320, "Going for a Pardon/The Eastbound Train" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph 721, "Going for a Pardon" (2 texts)
Huntington-TheGam-MoreSongsWhalemenSang, pp. 256-257, "The Eastbound Train" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Huntington-FolksongsFromMarthasVineyard,pp. 46-48, "The Eastbound Train" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #7390
Blue Sky Boys, "The East Bound Train" (Bluebird B-8552, Montgomery Ward M-8670, 1940)
Asa Martin, "East Bound Train" (Gennett 6621, Supertone 9178 [as Emmett Davenport], 1928)
Asa Martin & Fiddlin' Doc Roberts, "East Bound Train" (Champion 15585 [as Jesse Coat & John Bishop], Champion 33045, 1928)
Asa Martin & James Roberts "East Bound Train" (Banner 32178, Oriole 8065, Perfect 12711, Romeo 5065, Conqueror 7837, 1931; Broadway 4086, 1932)
Lester McFarland & Robert Gardner [Mac & Bob], "The Lightning Express" (Brunswick 200, 1928; Brunswick 326, 1929; rec. 1927); "The East Bound Train" (Brunswick 169B, 1927)
Nelstone's Hawaiians, "North Bound Train" (Victor V-40065, 1929)
Riley Puckett, "East Bound Train" (Columbia 15747-D, 1931)
Ernest V. Stoneman, "East Bound Train" (Edison 52299, 1928) (CYL: Edison [BA] 5548, 1928)
"Dock" Walsh, "The East Bound Train" (Columbia 15047-D, 19270

cf. "Please, Mister Conductor (The Lightning Express)" (plot)
NOTES [57 words]: According to Sigmund Spaeth, A History of Popular Music in America, pp. 255-256, James Thornton was a very popular songwriter from about 1892 to 1898, producing such songs as "My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon," "Don't Give Up the Old Love for the New," "She May Have Seen Better Days," and (especially) "When You Were Sweet Sixteen." - RBW
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