Nine Hundred Miles

DESCRIPTION: "I'm a walking down the track, I've got tears in my eyes, Trying to read a letter from my home. If that train runs me right I'll be home tomorrow night." The singer will pawn anything or do whatever is needed to get home (to his sweetheart)
AUTHOR: unknown
KEYWORDS: train love separation home
REFERENCES (12 citations):
Cohen-LongSteelRail, pp. 503-517, "Reuben's Train/Train 45/900 Miles" (2 texts plus exceprts equivalent to about three more, 2 tunes; the first text is close to "Reuben's Train," the second to "Nine Hundred Miles," but the article is mostly devoted to showing how the two songs mix)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore3 285, "The Midnight Dew" (1 text, with an unusual introductory verse but most of the rest goes here)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 285, "The Midnight Dew" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)
Jones-MinstrelOfTheAppalachians-Bascom-Lamar-Lunsford, p. 236, "Reuben" (1 text, 1 tune)
Rosenbaum-FolkVisionsAndVoices, p. 79. "Seventy-four" (1 text, 1 tune, beginning with a "Five hundred miles from my home" stanza and with many verses which appear to float); p. 173, "Five Hundred Miles" (1 text, 1 tune, possibly influenced by Hedy West's version)
McNeil-SouthernMountainFolksong, pp. 165-168, "Reuben" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-FolkSongUSA 73, "900 Miles" (1 text, 1 tune)
Burton/Manning-EastTennesseeStateCollectionVol2, p. 32, "Old Reuben" (1 text, 1 tune, with so many verses characteristic of both "Reuben's Train" and "Nine Hundred Miles" that I'm filing it with both)
Botkin/Harlow-TreasuryOfRailroadFolklore, p. 464, "900 Miles" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 53, "Nine Hundred Miles" (1 text)
Averill-CampSongsFolkSongs, p. 538, 540, 551, "500 Miles" (notes only, probably referring to the Hedy West version)

Roud #4959
Fiddlin' John Carson "I'm Nine Hundred Miles from Home" (OKeh 40196, 1924)
George & Bobby Childers, "Five Hundred Miles" (on FolkVisions2)
Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston, "Nine Hundred Miles" (on AschRec2)
Riley Puckett, "Nine Hundred Miles from Home" (Columbia 15563-D, 1930)

cf. "Rain and Snow" (opening lines of tune)
cf. "Reuben's Train"
NOTES [74 words]: Some versions of "Reuben's Train," such as the Grayson/Whitter "Train 45" recording, are so mixed with this song that it's literally impossible to tell whether they are versions of this song or that; those interested should consult the references to both songs. - RBW
"Five Hundred Miles," composed by Hedy West and popular in the 1960s folk revival, is essentially a rewrite of this song with a different tune, but several overlapping verses. - PJS
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