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Tuesday 5 December 2023

Trains, Boats and Planes 3


It's Transport Tuesday again as we focus on three different modes of getting from one place to another namely trains, boats  and planes. Still no buses I'm afraid Ernie. Maybe somewhere down the line two will come along at once.

As ever we start with trains and this week it is the turn of The Monkees with Last Train to Clarksville which was the band's debut single in August 1966. It topped the Billboard Top 100 but only appeared in the UK singles charts in January 1967 on the back of the success of Daydream Believer and only reached number 23.

I am pretty shocked to discover that If I Had a Boat by Lyle Lovett did not trouble the UK singles charts. There is no justice in this world? It was the opening track from Pontiac his second album from 1987.

Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) is a protest song written by Woody Guthrie following a plane crash in 1948.The flight crew and security guard who died were named in the press but the 28 migrant farm workers were only referred to as deportees. It has been covered countless times - see attached list

I've gone for the version by Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore from their Downey to Lubbock album.

This weeks version of Bacharach and David's Trains and Boats and Planes comes courtesy of Dionne Warwick

The Monkees -Last Train to Clarksville

Lyle Lovett - If I Had a Boat

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)

Dionne Warwick - Trains and Boats and Plains


  1. I am boycotting this so-called series. You know why.

    1. That's a shame. You missed a good 'un

    2. He did!
      But I'm keeping hopeful for a Buses, Taxis and Ferries series being up your sleeve.

  2. Can't help but think you're missing a trick.


  3. That's a fine selection. I'm glad you're not asking me to choose between them.

  4. Ignoramus me has never heard of the 'Plane Wreck at Los Galos' but the anonymity bestowed on so many similar unfortunate victims all the way through to our present time shows, to our shame, that nothing has changed. Last Train to Clarksville is nostalgic and great and Trains and Boats and Planes is a sublime song - not sure that Dionne's version is my favourite though