Freight Train

Album: Freight Train (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This acoustic boogie tune is a cover of a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. "I heard it on satellite radio one day in the car," Jackson told Billboard magazine: "I listen to bluegrass on there a lot. I wasn't familiar with it, and I thought it would be a good remake."
  • Jackson explained in press materials why he chose to make this song the title track of his sixteenth album: "I'd been kicking around several songs to title the album after, like 'It's Just That Way' and 'Every Now and Then.' But they sounded too much like album titles I'd already had, like Who I Am, and What I Do... I've had about every other vehicle—boats, cars, motorcycles— but I'd never had a train on the album cover."

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