Lonnie Donegan: Rock Island Line | Song-Factsheet

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Song «Rock Island Line» von Lonnie Donegan.

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Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1954 (Album), 1955 11 (Single UK), 1956 03 (Single US), 1954 07 13 (Rec.)
Label: Decca LF 1198, Decca F 10647, London 45 1650 (US)
Songwriter Leadbelly & Traditional
Produktion: Hugh Mendel & Dennis Preston
Genre: Rock'n'Roll - Skiffle - British-Skiffle

Annotationen

Die Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group bestand aus Lonnie Donegan, dem Gitarristen der Chris Barber's Jazz Band, Chris Barber (Doppelbass) und Beryl Brydon (Waschbrett).
Die Single war im UK kein grosser Hit, sie war fünf Wochen in der Top Ten, ging nicht höher als auf Nummer neun, aber verblieb 22 Wochen in den Charts.
Bemerkenswert war die rhythmische Gitarre des Songs. Sie bewegte junge Männer dazu, Gitarre zu spielen (Lewisohn, 2013, p. 83).
Die Single war auch in den USA erfolgreich, blieb 22 Wochen in den Charts und kam auf Platz 8 der Hitparade.
«Rock Island Line» war die erste britische Single, von der mehr als 500'000 Stück verkauft wurden.
Die Wirkung, die in Grossbritannien von «Rock Island Line» ausging, war immens. Junge Leute gründeten Skiffle-Bands und eiferten Donegan und Haley nach. Viele der späteren Beat und Rhythm & Blues Acts begannen als Skiffle Band.

Personen und Querverweise


Lonnie Donegan
Leadbelly
Traditional
Hugh Mendel
Dennis Preston

Lyrics

[Sectional Verse] [SPOKEN] Now this here's the story about the Rock Island Line. The Rock Island Line she runs down into New Orleans, And just outside o' New Orleans is a big toll gate, And all the trains that go through the toll gate Why, they gotta pay the man some money. But of course, if you got certain things on board, You're okay; you don't have to pay the man nothin'. And just now we see a train, she comin' down the line, and when she come up near the toll gate, The driver, he shout down to the man, he say: [SUNG] I got pigs. I got horses. I got cows. I got sheep, I got all livestock. I got all livestock. I got all livestock. [SPOKEN] And the man say, well, you alright boy. Just get on through. You don't have to pay me nothin'. And the train go through, And when he go through the tollgate, The train get up a little bit of steam, And a little bit of speed, And when the driver think he safely on the other side, He shout back down the line to the man. He said: [SUNG] I fooled you. I fooled you. I got pig iron. I got pig iron. I got all pig iron. [SPOKEN] Now I'll tell you where I'm goin', boy. [THE REMAINDER IS SUNG] [Chorus] Down the Rock Island Line, she's a mighty good road. The Rock Island Line is the road to ride. Yes, the Rock Island Line, she's a mighty good road, And if you want to ride, you gotta ride it like you find it. Get your ticket at the station on the Rock Island Line. [Verse] I may be right. I may be wrong. You know you're gonna miss me when I'm gone. [Chorus] [Verse] Hallelujah, I'm safe from sin. The good Lord's comin' for to see me again. [Chorus] [Verse] A, B, C, W, X, Y, Z. The cat's under cover but he don't see me. [Chorus] [Chorus]