Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper performs "Big Midnight Special",live video.
"Midnight Special" is a traditional folk song thought to have originated among prisoners in the American South.The title comes from the refrain, which refers to the passenger train Midnight Special and its "ever-loving light" (sometimes "ever-living light"):
Let the Midnight Special shine her light on me
Let the Midnight Special shine her ever-loving light on me
The song is historically performed in the country-blues style from the viewpoint of the prisoner and has been covered by many artists.
Folk/bluegrass musicians Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper had a top 5 country hit with the song in 1959 as "Big Midnight Special".
Wilma Lee And Stoney Cooper Big Midnight Special lyrics
Big midnight special shine your light on me
Big midnight special shine your ever loving light on me
Woke up this morning heard the whistle blow
The jailer said come boy it's time to go
I’ve never had the blues so in my life before
Till my baby left me at the station door
They put him in a Pullman guards around his door
Sent you off to Atlanta to serve ten years more
He looked all around him in the Pullman car
Saw the men wearing cloth hats smoking big cigars
Took him off in Atlanta at the end of the line
Said you start serving time boy for your awful crime
That whistle makes me lonesome on the midnight train
But he knows I'm a waiting till it brings him home again