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Frankfort Special

Rating:
3.7 / 5

Words & Music: Sid Wayne Sherman Edwards

Is this train the Frankfort Special
Now ain’t this outfit something special
Well, we heard rumors from the bases
Frankfort girls got pretty faces

Go, Special go. Blow whistle, blow
Frankfort Special’s got a special way to go
Whao - oh - oh

Now when we get to our headquarters
We’ll be good boys and follow orders
Now don’t take girls from one another
No! No! No! No! No!
We’ll treat a sailor like a brother

Go, Special go. Blow whistle, blow
Frankfort Special’s got a special way to go
Whao - oh - oh
Round wheels singin’ on a long flat track
Boiler bustin’ to blow its stack
Towns and villages flyin’ by
Farewell frauleins, don’t you cry
You’ll soon get another G.I.

Come on, train, and get the lead out
Well, one more day we gotta sweat out
Frantic frauleins at the station
They’re ready for a celebration

Go, Special go. Blow whistle, blow
Frankfort Special’s got a special way to go

Go, Special go. Blow whistle, blow
Frankfort Special’s got a special way to go
Whao - oh - oh

Come on, train, and get the lead out
Well, one more day we gotta sweat out
Frantic frauleins at the station
They’re ready for a celebration

Go, Special go. Blow whistle, blow
Frankfort Special’s got a special way to go
Whao - oh - oh
Whao - oh
Whao - oh, whao - oh, whao - oh, whao - oh, whao - oh,
Whao - oh, whao - oh, whao - oh

Recordingdate: 1960/05/06, first released on: G.I. Blues (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Frankfort Special:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(drums)
(piano)
(accordion)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(tambourine)

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Lex wrote on January 09, 2009
Fun, especially the 5th gear version, but not great song.
OtisBlue22 wrote on June 09, 2009
Did somebody say "Mystery Train"?
Deano1 wrote on March 09, 2010
This is a fun and energetic track from Elvis' 5th movie "G.I. Blues". The scene in the movie where Elvis sings this song riding the train is a great one and on vinyl the track is entertaining. 3 1/2 stars.
marco31768 wrote on April 10, 2011
A pretty song: fit for this soundtrack.
dgirl wrote on April 10, 2011
Not the greatest song, but a fun one to hear. It beats a lot of the movie songs that were to follow.
Steve V wrote on April 10, 2011
This song always seemed to me like rock and roll meets Broadway. Sounds like a show tune but with a rock and roll beat. I like it. GI Blues as a whole was one of the better 60's soundtracks along with Viva Las Vegas and I can still actually sit through the whole album. . The others, I cant listen to anymore except on a best of movies compilation.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on April 11, 2011
Watered down Hollywood version of "Mystery Train". Of note: "Frankfort special" and "Mystery Train", mix well together ! In the DJ world thats called "BPMS". Frankfort Special is a fun movie song, that works nicely in the movie.
sugartummy wrote on March 06, 2013
Especially the fast version is great. A hint of Mystery Train can be heard. Best song from GI Blues.
Gorse wrote on September 05, 2013
G.I. Blues was a very strong soundtrack album with nearly every song a winner in my book. This track moves along with joyous energy and gusto but is possibly surpassed by the very fast and crazily frantic take 13 - 4 stars from me.
TheMemphisFan wrote on February 25, 2014
The writer misspelled the song title!! Should be FRANKFURT SPECIAL (as in Frankfurt, Germany) . . . not Frankfort (as in Frankfort, Kentucky). Other than the misspelling, I like the song a lot.
trudygillenwater wrote on April 04, 2015
Elvis looks so cool singing this song. I love it!
shoesuedeblues wrote on April 04, 2015
An album and film that rekindles memories from my childhood when I first saw GI Blues on it's initial release in the UK.Always loved both the film and soundtrack and this song especially. One of the few soundtracks I still listen too and enjoy..A good uptempo song which suits the situation well.
Jim Davidson wrote on January 27, 2016
It's a great song. In the movie, Elvis seems very un-Elvis when he stands up to wail Whao - oh - oh.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 05, 2016
This is such a great Elvis movie song and it's always been so very much fun to listen to as well. I rate this uptempo 1960 movie song a perfect five out of five stars and I rate Elvis' renditions of it a perfect five out of five stars too.
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