Orange Blossom Special

Lyrics: [none]
Music: Rouse, Wise, Rouse

One of the most famous bluegrass instrumentals, played by Jerry Garcia with Old And In The Way

Originally written as an instrumental in the mid 30's by two fiddlers, Ervin Rouse and Chubby Wise (real name Robert Russell). Rouse and his brother Jack later added the lyrics. Wise gave his interest in the song to the Rouses who then copyrighted it. Therefore now credits are usually just Ervin Rouse or both Rouse brothers. It became a key tune in early Bill Monroe shows played by Tommy Magness, who also sometimes is given writing credits on recordings (thanks to Matt Schofield for these notes)

Look a-yonder comin
Comin down those railroad tracks
Look a-yonder comin
Comin down those railroad tracks
Its the Orange Blossom Special
A-bringin my baby back

Im goin down to Florida
And get some sand in my shoes
Goin down to Florida
And get some sand in my shoes
Ill ride the Orange Blossom Special
And lose these Washington blues

If you want to write me
Ill tell you how to dress my mail
If you want to write me
Ill tell you how to dress my mail
In care of the Special
At the end of the seaboard trail

Talk about a-travlin
Its the fastest train on the rail
Talk about a-travlin
Its the fastest train on the rail
Its the Orange Blossom Special
A comin down that seaboard trail
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1 Oct 1973 That High Lonesome Sound Old And In The Way
      8 Oct 1973 Live At The Boarding House Old And In The Way


Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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