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"Casey Jones" Page updated, expanded
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Author:  paulrace [ Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:17 am ]
Post subject:  "Casey Jones" Page updated, expanded

While updating the "Casey Jones" page to fix problems caused by Amazon breaking links, I "rediscovered" the New Christy Minstrel's version of the song. Yes, it is more upbeat, and the arrangement with the key changes, seems a little over the top. But when I was little, "Casey Jones" was being sung as either a silly song or a children's song, never treated seriously, and it didn't occur to me to take it seriously. The New Christy Minstrel's version was actually a little more lighthearted than the original Wallace Saunders tune, but it was the first time I had ever heard the subject matter treated intelligently. So when I came across it 50 years after it came out, I remembered enjoying it as a kid. It also holds up fairly well. I might be tempted to add it to my repertoire, if I could remember all the words two times in a row. :-)

Our expanded "Casey Jones" page is here: ... _jones.htm


Here's a link to a You tube video that has no graphics to speak of but a resonable quality recording of the New Christy Minstrel's version. Ignore the silly arrangement, the Lawrence-Welk-Singers-with-banjos vocals, and listen to the song itself. It's really very clever.

Author:  paulrace [ Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: "Casey Jones" Page updated, expanded

If you have any comments or questions about this song or our postings, this would be a good place to post them. Just sign up if you haven't already. When you get the message that you're enrolled, you'll be ready to go.

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