The story of the song “Freight Train”

Today as part of our work on Black History Month we are going to be learning to sing and play The song “Freight Train” by Elizabeth Cotton.

Her is the history behind the song http://www.openculture.com/2019/05/elizabeth-cotten-wrote-freight-train-at-11.html

Elizabeth Cotten – Freight Train

When Elizabeth Cotten and her brothers were playing music together each would have songs that they called their own, and Freight Train was one that she made up and sang as hers. It was one of the few she ever composed herself and was largely inspired by the train running near her home.

Have a listen to Zuzanna.

Zuzanna is one o our most talented musicians. She spends an hour everyday practicing the piano. She is preparing to take her grade 4 and 5 exams very soon.

Not only does Zuzanna play beautifully she also composes.She has written a wonderful piece in honour of her mother. Have a listen to Zuzanna play one of her grade 4 pieces.

Ye Noble Diggers

You noble diggers all stand up now, stand up now
You noble diggers all stand up now
The wasteland to maintain seen cavaliers by name
Your digging does maintain and persons all defame Stand up now, stand up now

Your houses they pull down stand up now, stand up now
Your houses they pull down, stand up now
Your houses they pull down to fright your men in town But the gentry must come down and the poor shall wear the crown
Stand up now diggers all


With spades and hoes and plows stand up now, stand up now
With spades and hoes and plows, stand up nowYour freedom to uphold sin [unknown] cavaliers are bold
To kill you if they could and rights from you to hold
Stand up now diggers all

The gentry are all round stand up now, stand up now
The gentry are all round stand up now
The gentry are all round on each side the are found
Their wisdom so profound to cheat us of our ground Stand up now stand up now

The lawyers they conjoin stand up now stand up now
The lawyers they conjoin stand up now
To rescue they advise, such fury they devise, the devil in them liesAnd hath blinded both their eyes
Stand up now, stand up now

The clergy they come in stand up now, stand up now
The clergy they come in stand up now
The clergy they come in and say it is a sin
That we should now begin our freedom for to winStand up now diggers all

Gainst lawyers and ‘gainst priests stand up now stand up now
‘Gainst lawyers and ‘gainst priests stand up now
For tyrants they are both, even flat against their oathTo grant us they are loathe free meat and drink and cloth
Stand up now diggers all

The club is all their law, stand up now stand up now
The club is all their law, stand up now
The club is all their law, to keep all men in awe
That they no vision saw to maintain such a law
Stand up now diggers all