10. Last Train – Duke of Iron

The development of the railway system in Trinidad and Tobago was significant. This song (Last Train) was composed by the Mighty Spitfire (real name Carlton Gumbs) in the 1940’s and also sung by some calypsonians. The song is actually about a woman named Dorothy having a last fling before her marriage. Though this song was compose in the 1940s, the last train to San Fernando was actually made at 5:12 p.m. on August 30, 1965. The song was hardly about a train line coming to an end in the calypso.

Duke of Iron (Cecil Anderson) sang the song in the 1960s. Cecil Anderson (1906-1968) was a popular calysonian from the 1930s through the 1960s. His clean cut mannerism and crisp diction helped him achieve much popularity in the United States.

Teaching Point

This song is perfect to begin discussions in class for a number of subject areas: Economics, Business, Sociology, History, and English Literature. Students can discuss topics of ethics, values and morality, modes of transportation, colloquialism, storytelling, etc.

Song – Last Train

Lyrics: Last Train

Last train to San Fernando
Last train to San Fernando
If you miss this one, you’ll never get another one
Bee-dee-dee-dee-bom-bom to San Fernando

Last night I met my sweet Dorothy
She said, tomorrow I join in sweet matrimony
But if you act all right
Oh, you can take me out tonight
We could wine and dine and get back in time
For the last train to San Fernando

Last train to San Fernando
Last train to San Fernando
If you miss this one, you’ll never get another one
Bee-dee-dee-dee-bom-bom to San Fernando

(Instrumental Break)

Last train to San Fernando
Last train to San Fernando
If you miss this one, you’ll never get another one
Bee-dee-dee-dee-bom-bom to San Fernando

Well, I married into high society
Be carefull of the place you’re a-takin’ me
‘Cause if you slip, I’ll slide, and I may never be your bride
Bee-dee-dee-dee-bom-bom to San Fernando

Last train to San Fernando
Last train to San Fernando
If you miss this one, you’ll never get another one
Bee-dee-dee-dee-bom-bom to San Fernando

Last train (to San Fernando)
Last train (to San Fernando)
Last train (to San Fernando)
Last train (to San Fernando)

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