Wabash Cannonball

Composer: Traditional / William Kindt / A. P. Carter

Grateful Dead

No Grateful Dead recordings.

Bob Weir

info House Party, Dan Zanes and Friends, 2003
info Weir Here: The Best Of Bob Weir, Bob Weir, 2004


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DeadBase includes this song in the set list for 6/11/69 California Hall, San Francisco. The list was provided by a Bay Area deadhead who attended the show and kept a list. It is thought that no tapes of the show exist. Therefore it is likely that there is no recorded example of the Dead playing this song.

Authorship uncertain. First appeared in print in 1904 copyrighted by William Kindt. But this version was based on an existing train song. Made popular by the Carter Family and many subsequent version give writing credits to A. P. Carter.

George Milburn in The Hobo's Hornbook (1930) explains that "the Wabash Cannonball is for the hobo what the spectral Flying Dutchman is for the sailor. It is a mythical train that runs everywhere..".