Elizabeth Cotten--Freight Train--Happy Song--5

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Freight Train—Happy Song--5

 

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This tune Freight Train played here by Chet Atkins was a song written by Elizabeth Cotten. This song is a hundred years old-almost. Elizabeth Cotten wrote it when she was a teenager. She was born in 1895 so that would be somewhere before the First World War She was born in Carrboro, North Carolina. She was a self taught left handed guitarist but played a normal guitar held upside down. So she picked the melody with her thumb and this style is called ‘Cotten picking.’

I always get the happy feeling of going on a picnic when I listen to the tune played by Chet Atkins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsyiTD9ENB8&feature=fvst

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43-UUeCa6Jw

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