Take the last train to Clarksdale. Can not meet you at the Station and I do not know, if I am ever coming back........(remember the Monkees?)

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Railway bridge across the Sunflower River. It is more a muddy creek then river, but it may swell during rains. It inspired few musicians to insert the name in the lyrics of their songs. The Blues Festival in Clarksdale carries it’s name.

(Take the last train to Clarksville -Clarksdale was the originale name - The Monkees!)

The railway stopped running some years ago, as did the factory where this line used to lead. Sawmills were located at convenient places along the railroads in the Delta. The line is now called the Mississippi Delta Railroad was constructed in the 1890’s by the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad. This line roughly paralleled the Mississippi River from Memphis to Vicksburg.

Contributed by Itallica said:

Boyce and Hart wrote this as a protest to the Vietnam War. They had to keep this quiet in order to get it recorded, but it is about a guy who gets drafted and goes to fight in the war. The train is taking him to an army base, and he knows he may die in Vietnam. At the end of the song he states, "I don't know if I'm ever coming home." Bobby Hart said of writing this song: "We were just looking for a name that sounded good. There's a little town in Northern Arizona I used to go through in the summer on the way to Oak Creek Canyon called Clarksdale. We were throwing out names, and when we got to Clarksdale, we thought Clarksville sounded even better. We didn't know it at the time, [but] there is an Air Force base near the town of Clarksville, Tennessee - which would have fit the bill fine for the story line. We couldn't be too direct with The Monkees. We couldn't really make a protest song out of it - we kind of snuck it in."

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Comments (114)

Shain Paiment on September 7, 2013

wonderful shot F+L

Dust... on October 26, 2013

+++ !!!!!!!
f + liKe it !
amitié des pyrénées

Frode Iversen on November 9, 2013

Very nice shot! Like! Greetings from Norway. Frode.

cheets99 on November 20, 2013

Tomros Fantastic image! LIKE! Cheers!

Mauro50 on December 29, 2013

Many thanks Tomas for your visit and Like

Particular and interesting capture with good perspective

Have a nice Sunday today and Happy 2014

Best regards. Mauro

Fred Quader on January 18, 2014

L 99,F 22, a good composition.

Tomros on January 19, 2014

Thanks Kastl, very pleased!

Bezigrajcanka on September 23, 2014

Some photos considering the uncertain panoramio's future are developing a symbolical meaning. There are people uploading their "last photo", saying goodbye, grieving, worrying, already missing their friends - as here the last train has left and "the rest is silence",

panoramio supporter NO VIEWS!

Nada BN

c0l0gne1 on September 24, 2014

Thank you for entering this photo into the VMC, Tomas! It is perfectly on topic- good luck! Greetings Gudrun

Tomros on September 24, 2014

Nada, I will be probably on 500px.com.

gezginruh on September 28, 2014

Nice Picture!!

LK 101!!

Good luck! GGR

Mojzer László on December 18, 2014

I really like this picture! Welcome: Laci L+F

paulyg1944 on March 13, 2015

The Monkeys song was Last train to Clarksville not Clarksdale and Clarksville is in Tennesee...stupid!!!!

Buts Yuri on March 14, 2015

Very nice perspective, LIKE !! Best wishes, Yuri.

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  • Uploaded on March 26, 2013
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    by Tomros
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
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