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rick wrote at 2007-07-22 01:42:08
The version of the song I have has both Newberry and Jerry Jeff.  Waylon Jennings says "Newberry's train songs" and Willie Nelson says "Jerry Jeff's train songs" in the last chorus.

Mike wrote at 2007-08-14 04:33:21
Yes, the first couple times in the song, Waylon does say, "...Newberry's train songs..."  But, there was no revision to the song and added Jerry Jeff, it has always been there.  In the last chorus of the song, Willie Nelson sings lead, and he, instead of refrencing Newberry, used Jerry Jeff.

Shivan650 wrote at 2007-08-16 18:37:30
Both names are mentioned in the same song.  When Willie comes in on the last verse he sings "Jerry-Jeff" but prior to that Newberry is mentioned.  -  At least in the version played on country radio stations.

jay wrote at 2007-10-17 13:46:18
Both parties are referred to in one of the first recordings of Luckenbach, Texas by Waylon and Willie. Mickey "Newberry's train songs" are cited in the first two refrains, then "Jerry Jeff's train songs" are cited in the last refrain, and this refers to Jerry Jeff Walker, who helped to develop the "outlaw country" sound with the Lost Gonzo band of the 1970's.  He recorded a live album in Luckenbach, at the dance hall,  called Viva Terlingua, in 1973, which put Luckenbach on the map. Walker is a native of Austin, TX.

Ryan wrote at 2007-11-13 08:32:03
they use one verse then the other...

countryboy wrote at 2009-06-25 23:39:47
Both are correct, actually.  The last time through the chorus, it changes to the "Jerry-Jeff train songs" line:

Let's go to Luckenbach Texas with Willie and Waylon and the boys

This successful life we're livin' got us feuding

like the Hatfield and McCoy's

Between Hank Williams pain songs and Jerry Jeff's train songs

and blue eyes cryin' in the rain out in Luckenbach Texas

ain't nobody feelin' no pain  

SkaTroma wrote at 2010-06-07 16:56:27
Also, both lyrics are correct.  When Waylon sings, he says Newberrys train songs, but when Willie sings, he says Jerry Jeffs train songs.  They are referring to musicians Mickey Newberry and Jerry Jeff Walker

greenman wrote at 2011-07-18 13:26:55
Actually it's "NEWBURY'S TRAIN SONGS". It is in reference to E TO Mickey Newbury (May 19, 1940 - September 29, 2002) He wrote many famous country songs 1968-2002. He waa critically acclaimed recording artist, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  

jacksor5 wrote at 2011-10-13 14:05:12
In the song both lines are used.  If i recall, Waylon sings the line about Newberry train songs and Willie sings the line about Jerry Jeff train songs.  

shaws wrote at 2013-01-14 05:40:57
It's actually Dewberry's, a reference to the Jimmie Rodgers song "Ben Dewberry's Final Run" about a train accident.  

jaydubp wrote at 2015-01-15 23:03:30
If you listen closely you can hear that Waylon actually sings "D" for "Dewberry's train songs"  (reference to Jimmie Rogers' alter ego)... Waylon does not sing "N"  "Newbury" for Mickey Newbury. (and it is spelled Newbury- not Newberry).

In his verse,  Willie sings "Jerry Jeff's train songs"  

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