Mountain - "Southbound Train" - Live at Woodstock August 16, 1969




Mountain opened their Woodstock set with “Blood Of The Sun,” a tune from Mountain driven along by a powerful riff. A cover of T-Bone Walker’s blues standard, “Stormy Monday,” followed, after which Pappalardi graced the crowd with a beautiful vocal on a song he had co-written with Cream bassist Jack Bruce, “Theme For An Imaginary Western.” This tune would be issued on the first formal Mountain LP, Climbing!, the following year.


Following with song from Mountain, “Long Red,” Felix Pappalardi unveiled another brand-new ballad, which was untitled at the time but would come to be known (upon its release on the Climbing! album) as “For Yasgur’s Farm,” with a lyrical contribution by Felix’s wife Gail Collins. A version of a song that had been issued as a single by West’s previous group, The Vagrants, continued the proceedings: “Beside The Sea” (written by another Woodstock artist, Bert Sommer).


Up next was the Beatle-esque “Waiting To Take You Away,” a song that would go unreleased until a live version appeared on the 1972 album, Mountain Live: The Road Goes Ever On. The main set finished with another tune from Mountain, an extended version of “Dreams Of Milk And Honey” that climaxed with an extended, unaccompanied Leslie West guitar solo. Exhilarated, the crowd roared for more and the group obliged, closing with a driving version of “Southbound Train,” also from the Mountain album.





Lyrics


Well she was born in a north woods town

Twenty-one winters ago

And she grew tired of the freezing cold

And living in the blinding snow


But this girl knew she wouldn't be there long

'Cause she had plans and dreams

And she'd seen pictures of the sunshine state

In the pages of the magazine


So she waited them tables and she used her smile

Saving every penny she can

For a one-way Dixie bound Amtrak ticket

Headed for the promised land


Her momma and daddy begged her not to go

When the day she dreamed of came

And she waved goodbye sittin' way up high

From the window of a southbound train


Now she's got a fire burnin' deep inside

Ridin' on a southbound train

And the clickity-clack of that railroad track

Only helps to fan the flames

No more worries, no more cares

She left them up in Bangor, Maine


Now she's startin' a brand new life

Ridin' on a southbound train

Whoa...


She said, 'Hello sun, good mornin' Daytona

You're sure lookin' good to me

With your ocean breeze and your tall palm trees

And your southern hospitality'

Now she's a knockout queenie in a string bikini

She's drivin' all the boys insane

And this all started with a small town dream

And a ticket on a southbound train

'Cause she had a fire burnin' deep inside

Ridin' on a southbound train

And the clickity-clack of that railroad track

Only helps to fan the flames

No more worries, no more cares

She left them up in Bangor, Maine

Yeah she likes the boys with the southern drawl

Soakin' up the sunshine, havin' a ball

She'll be the first to tell you that she owes it all

To ridin' on a southbound train

Whoa...oh...





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