"Morningtown Ride" as written by and M. Reynolds....
Train whistle blowing makes a sleepy noise
Underneath their blankets go all the girls and boys

Rocking rolling riding out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown many miles away

Driver at the engine fireman rings the bell
Sand man swings the lantern to show that all is well

Rocking rolling riding out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown many miles away

Maybe it is raining where our train will ride;
All the little travellers are warm and snug inside

Rocking rolling riding out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown many miles away

Somewhere there is sunshine somewhere there is day

Somewhere there is Morningtown many miles away

Rocking rolling riding out along the bay
All bound for Morningtown many miles away
All bound for Morningtown many miles away



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    General CommentMy mum used to sing this to me as a child. I makes me all tearful when I hear it now...the song is about the innocence of childhood.
    piptiddlepipon May 23, 2008   Link
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    General Comment<3 this song. Such a powerful metaphor about the underground railroad and the struggle of African Americans to get out of slavery and to freedom.
    Leftturnon September 17, 2014   Link
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    General CommentMalvina Reynolds wrote this song to ease the tensions that children feel when they have to go to sleep. One of the best performances was by The Seekers, recorded in 1964.
    arthur1166on February 24, 2017   Link

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