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D.M. & I.R.

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The Duluth-Mesabi-and-Iron Range Railroad can still be seen carrying taconite ore from the mines in northern Minnesota to the lake ports of Two Harbors and Duluth where it is loaded aboard boats for shipment to the steel mills in the east. This was another tune I wrote and premiered on "A Prairie Home Companion." I always tried to come up with a brand-new song, and a lot of times I barely had it memorized before I performed it. Garrison Keillor, the host of "Prairie Home," often didn't hear the songs before I sang them in those early days of the show. To his credit, he never asked, he just trusted me.

Play Sample

Here's a little song about a good old train
The Duluth, Mesabi, and the Iron Range
What's so special about that set of wheels?
They carry iron ore for to make that steel!


The miners, they dig it out of the ground
The DM & IR, they carry it down
They load it on a laker going southward bound
That's the way they make a living in a northern town!

Rolling off the Range, going down the track
Going to dump that load, going to hurry on back
Over the trestle to the shore
Fill up those boats, come back for more (CHO.)

What color are the engines so fine?
Same color as the iron ore in the mine
How many gondolas can there be?
Around the curve, far as the eye can see (CHO.)

Previous Songs: Gypsy Woody * Fine Old Lady * The Teton Dam * Goodnight Baby * The B. C. Rail * Play Us a Waltz * Ozawindib * Long Way to Another Friend * Itasca: A Place of Beginnings * I'm From Minnesota * The Strike Is On * The C.C.C. * Interstate of Broken Hearts * Rainfall Has Turned to Snow * We'd Go To Town (And Go Dancing) * Towboat * The Hinkley Fire * Darling * Fine Old Lady * Getting In The Cows * Talking Home Improvement * The Ballad of Augie Mattsen * Itasca * When's That Train A'Coming? * I Like It Here/Oh Cold And Misery * Winter on the Farm * Sam Smith * L'Etoile Du Nord * G. I. Nightingale * Eight to Twelve * Fall Is Here * Superior * Shelly Salo * The Ballad of Tommy Woodgate * The Gray & Green

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