A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 01, 2015
“She’s so ugly she’d make a freight train take a dirt road”

Entry in progress.—B.P.

16 April 1976, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, “Music” by C. A. Bustard, pg. B-11, col. 2:
(Tom—ed.) Waits is a funny, obtuse character, consciously sleazy and, to quote him, “ugly enough to make a freight train take a dirt road.”

28 July 1980, Seattle (WA) Times, “Political slogan” by Walt Evans, pg. B2, col. 1:
Joe Cannon said he saw a girl so ugly “she’d make a freight train take a dirt road on a muddy night.” Now that’s ugly.

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Redneckin’:
A hell-raisin’, foot-stompin’ guide to dancin’, dippin’, and doin’ around in a gen-u-wine country way

By Kathryn Jenson
New York, NY: Perigee Books
1983
Pg. 20:
“She’s so ugly she’d make a freight train take a dirt road.”

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The Reader’s Digest
Volume 124, Issues 741-746
1984
Pg. 149:
“He’s so ugly he’d make a freight train take a dirt road.”

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Comic Support:
Second Bananas in the Movies

By Ronald L. Smith
New York, NY: Carol Publishing Group
1993
Pg. 43:
At one event he knocked everyone on the dais from Johnny Carson ("He’s an Episcopalian—that’s an Off-Broadway Catholic") to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ("The Lunt and Fontanne of the fertilizer set") to Yogi Berra ("He’s got the kind of face that could make a train take a dirt road!").

AZLyrics
ZAC BROWN BAND LYRICS
“Different Kind Of Fine” (2006)
She make a train take a dirt road
Make it stop on a dime
Make ‘em wonder which way to go
Make a man change his mind

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To Love a Texan
By Georgina Gentry
New York, NY: Zebra Books
2007
Pg. 105:
She’s so plain, she’d make a freight train take a dirt road to avoid her.

A Way with Words
Make A Train Take A Dirt Road
Posted by Grant Barrett on May 31, 2014
(...)
Make a Train Take a Dirt Road
If she’ll make a train take a dirt road, does that mean she’s pretty or ugly? Nicole from Plano, Texas, overheard the idiom in the Zach Brown Band’s song “Different Kind of Fine.” The idea is an ugliness is so powerful it can derail a train. But as Zach Brown sings, looks aren’t all that makes a lady fine.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Sunday, March 01, 2015 • Permalink


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