This article is about the music genre train songs. For the band, see List of Train band songs. A train song is a song referencing passenger or freight railroads. Trains have been a theme in both traditional and popular music since the first half of the 19th century and over the years have appeared in all major musical genres , including folk , blues , country , rock , jazz , world , classical and avant-garde. While the prominence of railroads in the United States has faded in recent decades, the train endures as a common image in popular song. Another song written for the occasion, "Rail Road March" by Charles Meineke, was copyrighted two days after Clifton's, one day before the July 4 ceremonies.
I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home. The Lord has promis'd good to me, His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be As long as life endures. Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease; I shall possess, within the veil, A life of joy and peace. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine; But God, who call'd me here below, Will be forever mine. John Newton, Olney Hymns , Olney was a village of about 2, residents whose main industry was making lace by hand.