Freight Train Finger-Style Guitar

A finger-style interpretation of Elizabeth Cotten's song Freight Train. Jerry Garcia used to pick this song and played it on the album "Not for Kids Only" with David Grisman.

Here is the basic melody for the first part of the song.
tabstave notation=true notes :h 3-0/1 | 3-1/2 | 0/2 :q 3-1/1 tabstave notation=true notes :h 3-1/1 | 0/1 3/2 | 1/2 :q 3-0/1
Below is the "pinch" pattern used in this interpretation. You'll want to get comfortable with this finger roll because it is used throughout the whole song.
tabstave notes (1/2.3/5) 2/4 0/3 3/5 0/2 2/4
Here is the full song using the pinch pattern above.
tabstave notes (3/1.3/5) 2/4 0/3 3/5 0/1 2/4 | (3/2.3/5) 2/4 0/3 3/5 1/2 2/4 | (0/2.3/6) 0/4 0/3 3/6 3/1 0/4 | (1/1.3/6) 0/4 0/3 3/6 0/2 0/4 tabstave notes (3/1.3/6) 0/4 0/3 3/6 1/1 0/4 | (0/1.3/6) 0/4 0/3 3/6 3/2 0/4 | (1/2.3/5) 2/4 0/3 3/5 3/1 2/4 | (0/1.3/5) 2/4 0/3 3/5 1/2 2/4 tabstave notes (0/1.0/6) 2/4 1/3 0/6 1/1 2/4 | (0/1.0/6) 2/4 1/3 0/6 3/2 2/4 | (1/2.0/5) 2/4 2/3 0/5 3/2 2/4 | (0/1.0/5) 2/4 2/3 0/5 1/2 2/4 tabstave notes (1/2.3/5) 2/4 0/3 3/5 0/2 2/4 | (0/2.3/6) 2/4 0/3 3/6 0/2 2/4 | (1/2.3/5) 2/4 0/3 3/5 0/2 2/4 | (1/2.3/5) 2/4 0/3 3/5 0/2 2/4
C                             G        G7
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
G                             C
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
E                      F*
Please don't tell what train I'm on
           C         G          C
They won't know what route I'm going

When I'm dead and in my grave
No more good times here I crave
Place the stones at my head and feet
And tell them all I've gone to sleep

When I die, oh bury me deep
Down at the end of old Chestnut Street
So I can hear old Number Nine
As she comes rolling by

Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Freight train, freight train, run so fast
Please don't tell what train I'm on
They won't know what route I'm going

* finger-picked from Am position in this interpretation

Tags: finger picking, jerry garcia, rolls, elizabeth cotten, finger-style, pinch pattern, pete seeger

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    perfect, thanks

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Author: jkeen
Category: Folk
Instrument: Guitar
Views: 8,091
Created: 7 years ago
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