The Liberty White Railroad

The Liberty White Railroad was short-lived but was the only rail line the eastern part of Amite County and the town of Liberty ever knew.  The web site for the McComb City RR Museum offers a brief history of the Liberty White saying:

"Liberty White Railroad: Completed in 1904, this railroad stretched 25 miles from McComb to Liberty. It also ran to New Holmesville and Tylertown at one time. It had a narrow gauge branch from Irene to Keiths which was near Gillsburg. J.J. White, the owner, known as the 'Baron of Yellow Pine' was the first man to build a tram railroad in the state of Mississippi solely for the purpose of hauling logs to a sawmill. The railroad was dissolved in 1921 when it became no longer profitable."

Some thirty years back I wrote the first cut of a song about the Liberty White but never fleshed it out by setting it to an existing suitable traditional tune or creating a tune for it.  In the last two years or so I resurrected the old lyric, made a few changes and got a tune that seemed to work.  Here's the lyric as it was finalized:

Liberty White

© 1978 Wayne Anderson

©2005 Edited version, Wayne Anderson

 

A rusty spike in the dirt

All that still remains

Of an unremembered railroad line

A long forgotten train.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

 

Liberty White wasnít famous

Didnít have a Casey Jones

Just a low-balliní freight train

That didnít stay around too long.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

 

To the main line in the big town

Was all the line could do

No riders Ďcept by favor

If you knew the railroad crew.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

 

Hauled timber, nothing else

ĎCept maybe some mercantile

There was no need for railroad police

Was nothing there to steal.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

 

Started up in Ď04

The Liberty White did run.

But the whistle never sounded

Past the end of twenty-one.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

Wooo-ooo, the Liberty White did run.

 

Want to hear what the song sounds like?  Here's a rough, home-recorded version that sounds half-way decent.  Click the link to open the file in your player; right-click and select "Save Target As" to save it to your hard drive for later.  Note:  Playing the song as streaming audio may not work and is definitely not recommended for anyone but users of a high-speed connection.  The MP3 file is slightly over 7 meg in size.

 

Liberty White

 

 

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