Mystery Train

Junior Parker

About Mystery Train

"Mystery Train" is a song written and recorded by American blues musician Junior Parker in 1953. Originally performed in the style of a Memphis blues or rhythm and blues tune, it was inspired by earlier songs and later became a popular rockabilly song, as first covered by Elvis Presley, then numerous others.


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Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Well, that long black train got my baby and gone

Train, train, comin' 'round the bend
Train, train, comin' 'round the bend
Well, it took my baby, but it never will again
No, not again

Train, train, comin' down, down the line
Train, train, comin' down, down the line
Well, it's bringin' my baby 'cause she's mine, all mine
She's mine, all mine

Train, train, comin' 'round, 'round the bend
'Round, 'round the bend
Train, train, comin' 'round, 'round the bend
'Round, 'round the bend
Well, it took my baby, but it never will again
Never will again

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Junior Parker

Junior Parker (May 27, 1932 – November 18, 1971) was an American Memphis blues singer and musician. He is best remembered for his unique voice which has been described as "honeyed," and "velvet-smooth". He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. more »

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Written by: Herman Parker Jr., Sam Phillips

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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9 facts about this song

Elvis Presley's Version
1. [Recording and Release]: Elvis Presley covered "Mystery Train" in July 1955, and it was later released in August the same year. It stood out because it combined country music with rhythm and blues, a blending of genres that came to be known as rockabilly.
Chart Performance
Presley's rendition of "Mystery Train" hit number 11 on the Billboard country charts, which led to his national fame except for the Southern states where he was already popular.
Backing Band
The backing band for the recording included Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass - these are musicians that backed Elvis on many of his legendary Sun Records recordings.
Signature Song
"Mystery Train" is considered one of Elvis Presley's signature songs. It best exemplifies his early sound, blending country (or "hillbilly" as it was then known) with rhythm and blues.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked Presley's version of "Mystery Train" as one of their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - it came in at number 77.
Junior Parker's Version
1. [Origin]: Junior Parker, an American blues singer and musician, originally recorded the song "Mystery Train" in 1953.
Lyrics and Composition
Junior Parker wrote the song himself, drawing on the themes of heartbreak and longing that were prevalent in blues music. It was one of the earliest examples of a blues song being converted into a rock and roll song.
Label and Producers
Parker's "Mystery Train" was produced by Sam Phillips and released by Sun Records, a record label known for its significant contribution to the emergence of rock and roll music.
The song was heavily influenced by the style of the Mississippi Delta Blues, incorporating a slide guitar, harmonica, and a driving rhythm.

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