Saturday Night Jukebox: Trains Are Big and Black and Smokin'

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Streamlined train, coming down the tracks right atcha!What is it about train songs? Why are there so many of them, where do they come from, and why do we love 'em so much?

I'll speak for myself: I love train songs; I always have. Trains run through all of the musical genres I've been the most obsessed with my listening life: the blues, for starters, in which you can always hear a train- trains that take lovers away, or more to the point, leave them behind; gospel music, in which the trains depart from this world and deliver you home (but make sure you're on the right car, 'cause they run both ways).

Country, soul, and rock'n'roll are steaming with trains-- their relentless motion, locomotive power, and percussive rhythms (Elvis Presley's rhythm section at Sun Records might as well have been a train).  Folk music is populated with railroaders, from the men who hammered the spikes (John Henry) to the engineers who drove them (Casey Jones), to the thundering beasts themselves (The Wabash Cannonball). You can't listen to any music created by country folks without getting some train soot on you, or without the cutlery rattling in your kitchen drawers.


And that's just it; trains are physical, tangible, right there, every day. You can touch them, smell them. You hear them in the night, and by day you can see them coming from miles away. They're gigantic, dramatic, they shake the landscape. Trains are close to the people, and especially so in the years when the folk music idioms were being laid (like the tracks themselves). Trains created the countries that created the music which celebrates them; there wouldn't be any Canada without trains, and there sure wouldn't be any Woody Guthrie. Trains made nations possible, and migrations too.


Trains were a cheap mode of travel; they meant escape, and return, or new starts in faraway cities; trains carried hobos, migrant workers; they took soldiers to war and brought them home, one way or another. It's trains take you to heaven, not airplanes or buses; because trains made all things possible, took and gave back all things. Here's four of my favourite train songs:


Down There By The Train (Tom Waits), sung by Johnny Cash.


Johnny Cash in front of a train, on the cover of Life MagazineThis song's got it all-- the hobo dream of a magic place where 'the train goes slow'; the train ride that'll redeem all sins, and which- 'if you're there on time'- is available to us all, and the mythology of america itself: ('I saw Judas Iscariot carryin' John Wilkes Booth/ they were down there by the train...').


It takes a writer like Tom Waits, someone who's ingested and transmitted America like he has, to write 'Down There By The Train'. It's a perfect case, a perfect song. And here it is sung by Johnny Cash (whom Waits never met, and whom he didn't even know had recorded the song until American Recordings was ready to come out). Johnny Cash wrote and sang some of the most popular train songs we know ('Folsom Prison', 'Orange Blossom Special'), and he's a man whose voice means America as much as the song he's singing here. Man, am I ever glad this recording happened. In my opinion, this is one of the top folk music team-ups to ever occur. You be the judge.





Texas 1947, by Guy Clark.


This is one of my favourites, and in my opinion, they don't get album cover of Guy Clark's Old No. 1better. 'Texas 1947' captures the sheer, childlike wonder for trains-- what kid doesn't love something that weighs hundreds of thousands of pounds, is made of riveted iron, and thunders by so close it sucks your breath away? I never heard of a kid getting a nickel 'smashed flatter than a dime' by a passing bus. Airplanes can fly, but even so they haven't captured the imaginations of songwriters the way trains have. 'Trains are big and black and smokin', says Guy Clark, and that about sums it up. Something else this song conveys is the time when trains ruled the landscape-- the power of place they had in the day-to-day lives of rural communities. The only YouTube link I could find for it also includes Clark's 'Let It Roll', but the first 3 minutes are all 'Texas 1947'. Please, close your eyes and don't be distracted by the weird shit the uploader-of-the-song chose to put on the screen. Oh, and incidentally, Johnny Cash cut this one too (the brass ring for a train song), but I prefer Guy Clark's version. He puts you right there on the hood of one of those cars parked at the train depot. See for yourself.





3:10 to Yuma (Ned Washington/George Duning), sung by Frankie Laine.


The hollywood duster 3:10 to Yuma hit matinee screens in 1957, when westerns ruled the flickering dark. A lot of kids my dad's age would've dreamed of being Glenn Ford (playing the heavy for once) or Van Heflin (as the ordinary fella turned hero). Fifty years later it's Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as the 3:10 to Yuma movie titlecaptured outlaw Ben Wade and the rancher, Dan Evans- whose family's hard-up enough he offers to personally transport Wade -for $200- to the train in Contention, Arizona (the 3:10) that'll take Wade to Yuma Prison. Both the original and the remake are excellent films, but the 2007 version is missing something vital: the song. There's no song!!!


In the fifties, a western without a theme song would be like a songless James Bond movie today. Unheard of. '3:10 to Yuma' is one of the best themes Hollywood ever produced (next to High Noon, that song title being the arrival time of the train. I never thought of it before, but two of my favourite western songs hinge on train schedules- one'll take a man to prison at 3:10, the other's bringing a just-released killer back for revenge on the noon train- the heroes in both cases racing against the clock. Cool. Incidentally, Ned Washington also supplied the lyric to 'High Noon', which won the Oscar for best song in 1952). Frankie Laine sang '3:10 to Yuma', another reason it's an ethereal triumph, but beware: the link I've provided is the theme which plays over the opening credits of the original film, not the bastardized-for-popular-radio version Laine recorded as a follow up, in which the coolest lyrics of the song were sugared down into meaningless love sap. Unfortunately for us all, Frankie Laine did the same thing to 'High Noon' (sung in the original movie by country singer Tex Ritter- John Ritter's father, by the way).  Yes, I am a song nerd. Anyway, the link I've provided is the real deal, and it's a ghostly treat. Accept no substitutes.





The Steam That Turns The Wheel (Raghu Lokanathan), performed by Raghu Lokanathan.


Traveling by train in IndiaAnother perfect case, from one of Canada's best songwriters. Raghu Lokanathan, a folksinger living in Prince George, BC, arrived in Canada, age four, when his family moved here from India, where his father was a railroad man. Like the first offering by Tom Waits, this song has it all; it brings the elements of the previous three songs together and moreover, contains nearly all the ingredients of a classic train song: it's got the child-like awe Guy Clark sang of, which locomotives inspire wherever they roll; it's got poor folks, rich folks, soldiers, plantation pickers; it's got the engineer who'll tell you 'how much weight of coal/ you've got to shovel for every mile/ to make the steam that turns the wheel upon the track', and the beauty and power of 'The Steam That Turns The Wheel' is that it casts the American mythologies (he references both Casey Jones and Jesse James) against the landscape of another country, another culture, a people colonized by the British Empire, in another economic reality, another time. And it's a killer song!!! It's such a beautiful piece of writing that I'm including the lyric below. I think if you take a listen to the song, you'll understand why I refer to Raghu as one of our best. Go ahead; put my hyperbole to the test. (to hear the song, click here)


The Steam That Turns The Wheel (Raghu Lokanathan)


once there was a railway engineer

he was the man who kept the trains running

on a three-day northern run

well I bet he never heard of Casey Jones

Raghu Lokanathanbut I bet he would've felt the tale

of the fateful trip to Santa Fe

and once he told me how much weight of coal

you've got to shovel for every mile

to make the steam that turns the wheel

to make the steam that turns the wheel

to make the steam that turns the wheel upon the track


when the dusty desert plain was roaring by

he wore a scarf over his mouth

making away like Jesse James

and he marvelled at the shades of green

in the hilly country where they grew the tea

and wondered what life was like for the pickers

who watched the locomotive pass

sometimes a child among them there would ask

what makes the steam that turns the wheel?

what makes the steam that turns the wheel?

what makes the steam that turns the wheel upon the track?


he hauled poor folks huddled on the roof

rich folks sprawled out in the berths

and foreign grain to flatter hunger

it was enemy soldiers, once, from border wars

some hadn't eaten for many days

he saw there men his age or younger

and if war's a train then where within the hearts

of men and women is the coal

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel

that makes the steam that turns the wheel upon the track?


There are a lot of train songs which might have been included here which aren't: Children's songs! Bank robber songs! Songs of workin' on the railroad! Ghost songs. Oh, I know. The most conspicuously missing are the hobo songs, which I would argue are half the mythology of train songs altogether. If you've read this far I have no doubt that at least five song titles have sprung to your mind. I know!!


I'd like to leave you with one last recommendation, only because it's a hobo song that couldn't have been written anywhere but Canada. It's called 'Freezin' To Death In A Boxcar'. It's by a Winnipeg songwriter named Rob Vaarmeyer, and it's performed here by Andrew Neville and The Poor Choices. a man hopping a freight train'Freezin' To Death In A Boxcar'... the title's a movie, all by itself. It lets you know what you're in for. It's the story of another man hypnotized by the trains, and although you know before even pressing play how that works out for him, the beauty of his tale is that there's no self-pity in it. 'It's the life that I chose and it won't surprise you to know/ that I'm freezin' to death in a boxcar'. Also, you wouldn't know it from this version necessarily, but it's a great singalong! In any case, it's a song that wouldn't have been written in Texas. It's a contemporary Canadian folk song, and it belongs to the great thundering canon of train songs everywhere.


We could make a whole other list of songs about buses, cars, and airplanes, but, as Gordon Lightfoot put it, 'you can't hop a jet plane/ like you can a freight train/ so I best be on my way/ in the early morning rain'.

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  • Comment Link David MacLeod Sunday, 15 April 2012 03:01 posted by David MacLeod


    Great idea for an article, and well executed!

    "If you've read this far I have no doubt that at least five song titles have sprung to your mind. I know!!"

    That's right, and you didn't mention trains in the world of jazz.

    Ellington/Strayhorn: Take the 'A' Train (great staging inside a train for this video)

    Jimmy Forrest with Count Basie: Night Train

    James Brown's cover of Night Train:

    John Coltrane: Blue Train

    Bill Frisell: Gone, Just Like A Train

  • Comment Link Trevor Malkinson Sunday, 15 April 2012 21:04 posted by Trevor Malkinson

    thanks Corin, great piece, and some top notch writing. Here's a few thought bubbles from end regarding trains and music.

    I remember Bob Dylan talking at the beginning of the documentary No Direction Home about how much trains influenced his imagination. I think he said it was something about hearing them at night while living in Minnesota as a kid. He could imagine the far away places those trains went, and this gave him a sense of freedom, possibilities and wanderlust. Something like that, can't quite recall, but trains were big for the young Bob.

    A few songs that come up for me:

    I'm a huge Springsteen fan, so I'd say his Land of Hope of Dreams is a key and powerful train song (at least for me anyway). It's later in the song when these lyrics kick in that the song really takes off:

    This train...
    Carries saints and sinners
    This train...
    Carries losers and winners
    This train...
    Carries whores and gamblers
    This train...
    Carries lost souls

    I said this train...
    Dreams will not be thwarted
    This train...
    Faith will be rewarded

    This is a pretty classic version from a Live in New York DVD:

    Also, Bruce's Downbound Train came up for me. This time life is going south, and "don't it feel like you're a rider, on a downbound train".

    And lastly, Tom Waits' Downtown Train, what a great song. Hell, I even like the Rod Stewart version, but of course, hard to beat Tom's gravely soul.

    That's not quite five, but there you go. thanks Corin, hope to read more of your music writing, really great stuff.

  • Comment Link Corin Raymond Sunday, 15 April 2012 21:16 posted by Corin Raymond

    Hey David,

    Thank you! And you're right, I didn't mention jazz trains at all. I didn't even think of them! Outside of Sidney Bechet, Louis Jordan, Slim and Slam, and Leo Watson, jazz was never one of my obsessions. But if I'd kept going, I would have got to 'How Long Must I Wait For You?' by Jordan's Timpani Five, and 'Chatanooga Choo-Choo' would have been in there eventually! My dad used to sing that one around the house, except he'd change the words. Man, so many train songs. I decided that I'd choose examples which gave me the train-shivers, the songs that put ME in awe of trains, and hopefully, by doing that, shed some light on what it is about trains that fascinates songwriters (and all of us) so much.

    I love the examples you gave-- thanks for throwing up the videos- Ellington's band on the train is awesome, I've never seen that before. So good. And James Brown on Shindig, man. That'll never get old.

    The cat that chewed your new shoes,


  • Comment Link Corin Raymond Sunday, 15 April 2012 22:02 posted by Corin Raymond

    Hey Trevor,

    I love that you brought up Dylan. He was so in love with the hobo mythology that (as you may well know) when he arrived in Greenwich Village he went around telling everyone that he'd been riding the rails for years, all over the country. He made up all these adventures that he'd had and for a short while, that was his story. He was even telling the press he was a hobo.

    And yeah, Springsteen. Man, so good. That song, 'Land of Hope and Dreams', is incredible. I'd never heard it before, and watching that video gave me the Mad Joy. He can preach it!! That song definitely refers back to 'This Train', a staple of the gospel cannon. I don't know how to upload videos to the comment page, but if I did, I'd throw up Sister Rosetta Tharpe's version. Killer. It could have a little sign on it: 'Springsteen Was Here'. All my favourite songwriters have been there. Tom Waits puts some 'This Train' on The Black Rider, in his song 'Gospel Train'. 'This traaaaaaiiiiiin don't carry no smoooookkerss!!!...' That song is like one of the elements. Springsteen, like Waits and Dylan, is one of those writers who seems to wrap his arms around all of america- and all its folk music- with just about everything he does. Oh, and your mention of 'Downbound Train' (I love that song, love that ALBUM!!!) reminded me of Tom Wait's 'Down, Down, Down' (he went down, down, down/ and the devil called him by name/ he went down, down, down/ hangin' onto the back of the train...). There's a lot of trains goin' to hell.

    And 'Downtown Train'!! Man, I didn't even think of that one, and it's one of my favourites! And one of the only examples I can think of about the ache an inner-city train can cause... and that video is hilarious, thanks for reminding me of it! I love that 'Downbound Train' and 'Downtown Train' came out within the same year. I remember reading an interview with Waits, when Springsteen was using Waits' tune 'Jersey Girl' to close every show, and the interviewer asking Waits what he thought of Springsteen using his song as a final encore. Waits said something like, 'He's a good kid, but I've done all I can for him... he's on his own now.' God I love those guys.

    Thanks for welcoming me aboard here, I'm really happy to be joining the Beams team. And thanks for the great shares,


  • Comment Link Trevor Raymond Monday, 16 April 2012 01:30 posted by Trevor Raymond

    May I recommend a terrific CD called CLASSIC RAILROAD SONGS? Its 29 tracks are by a number of great performers, from Doc Watson (“The Train That Carried My Girl from Town” – fitting one of Corin’s descriptions about such songs!) and Cisco Houston and Woody Guthrie to Pete Seeger and the Virginia Mountain Boys to, of course, Lead Belly. I purchased mine by direct order from the Smithsonian in Washington: Smithsonian Folkways Number SFW CD 40192. A terrific buy.

  • Comment Link Corin Raymond Monday, 16 April 2012 07:55 posted by Corin Raymond

    Thanks for the recommendation, Pop! I'd love to hear that CD... maybe you could lend it to me next time I see you?? I love that we can make these arrangements using a website posted out of Vancouver... anyway, sounds like there's some songs on that disc I don't know yet. A train song education is a lifelong thing. See you soon!! Love, your son,


  • Comment Link Russ Musgrove Monday, 16 April 2012 11:14 posted by Russ Musgrove

    Terrific article. Trains! An odd obsession but, my do they seem to fit into all of our mythologies. I was brought up in Toronto and had a rail line on one side of my house and a streetcar line on the other. Steel wheels everywhere. Grew up to be a streetcar conductor and loved every minute of it. As a read the articel more and more train songs popped into my head. They are everywhere and almost all our top songwriters have at least one in their canon of tunes. Thanks Mr. Raymond.

  • Comment Link Jim Yates Monday, 16 April 2012 13:14 posted by Jim Yates

    I have taken part in a few "Train Song" shows. It's never hard to fill an evening with train songs. A few of my favourites are:
    -Kingston Prison - Roy Payne
    -Waiting For A Train - Jimmy Rogers
    -Good Morning Mr. RR Man - Ramblin' Jack, Ry Cooder and many others
    -Train Yards - Washboard Hank
    -The Rocket - Fred Eaglesmith

  • Comment Link Leah Adams Monday, 16 April 2012 15:18 posted by Leah Adams

    I would love to hear a radio station dedicated to train songs, crossing genres and eras. There's enough material here to last for days.

  • Comment Link Corin Raymond Monday, 16 April 2012 20:29 posted by Corin Raymond


    Man, there's a song in your comment... growing up with a rail line on either side of your house... 'steel wheels everywhere'-throw in the fact that you grew up to drive the streetcars and that's a great city story. There aren't enough songs about those kind of trains! I'd love to talk to you about that sometime and maybe take a crack at it... thanks for posting that.


    I love that you've got 'Train Yards' in there. I always liked that tune... and Fred's got some killer train tunes. 'Freight Train' crossed my mind when I was thinkin' about 'em. And yeah, I didn't even mention Jimmie Rogers, The Singing Brakeman! Man, I'd love to take part in a 'train song' night. I'd wanna play 'Train Song', by Todd Snider and 'Georgia On A Fast Train', Billy Joe Shaver. We will never run out.


    I would tune into that station. It's funny, I don't think I've ever got tired of hearing people sing about trains. And it would be really cool to get a cross-section of songs from different perspectives.

    Speaking of which, my buddy Michael Laderoute- a fine songwriter himself, who lives down in Mexico in the winters (not that we had one this year) sent me a message about the song 'Texas 1947' that let me have another look at what that song means. I'm copying our exchange here because I think it's the kind of dialogue Beams and Struts is all about:

    from Michael Laderoute to me:

    nice piece amigo...are you a regular contributor now or was this a one-off? I liked Guy's song cuz in a way I think he was lamenting the loss of big black smokin' trains...the new one was "big and red and sliver/didn't make no smoke" and after ever buddy came to see it, "Lord she never even stopped." He says that it left 50, 60 people "wondering how it got this far."

    Yer correcto too, if Cash recorded it, it was a true train song - si! Good choice. And I lean toward it cuz I was born in 1947, lived by the tracks and used to run and wave ever chance I got...big 16 wheelers that blew lots of smoke! Even wrote a tune about it once.


hasta pronto a toronto cabron at the Cammy
tio mick

    my response:

    points well-raised, 'chuco, and you're right-- there's an element of an era being ushered out, and the disappointment left in its passing wake, but the feeling I get from the song is that it's the older folks that are wondering 'what it's comin' to', while the kids are the ones who need to be jerked back from the track by their mommas.  it doesn't sound like they minded her not stopping-- she screamed straight through Texas like a mad dog cyclone!!--  and Guy finishes by sayin' (proudly) 'oh but me I got a nickel smashed flatter than a dime/ by a mad dog, runaway, red silver streamline'.  

    this is exactly the kind of back-and-forth this website was built to encourage, and your comment made me look at the song again with new eyes.  man, that's a rich tune, eh?  like Raghu's song, it's a song that's able to show you what the train looks like depending on who's doin' the lookin'... if you were okay with it, cabron, I'd love to post this little dialogue of ours for other listeners and readers.  'cause I think you're right.  Guy was lamenting the loss of the big black smokin' trains, at the same time as his momma had to pull him back from the rail-- 'but not before I'd got a chance to lay a nickel on the track'.  what a song.

    oh and ps., it looks like I'll be allowed back here sometime before long, which I'm lookin' forward to.


    from Laderoute:

    I agree with yer column 100% cabron...well written...train songs can be so intimate yet universal in reach.. like The City Of New Orleans even.

    Guy musta been walkin' in taller cotton than me as a kid...I could only slip a penny on the track...couldn't afford a nickel and I likely found or bummed the penny!

    Can't remember when I stopped ankling over to the tracks to watch the trains but I suspect it was when the locomotives stopped running and the diesels moved in...posiblemente si...posiblemente no...como la vez, desde hay!

    Hasta pronto a the big town!
    tio mick (el borracho)

    Now excuse me, I gotta go think about that streetcar tune...

    Over and out,


  • Comment Link Tom X. Chao Tuesday, 17 April 2012 19:52 posted by Tom X. Chao

    I might point out that "Downtown Train" (a song I love) is likely about a New York City MTA subway train, not a long-distance passenger or freight train. The lyric "The downtown trains are full with all of those Brooklyn girls" suggests that the Brooklyn girls have come from Brooklyn on the L train (the northernmost Brooklyn line), and have then transferred to a downtown 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C, E, F, M (weekends only), N, or R train going downtown. However, there's nothing about this list of train songs that implies commuter transport should be excluded.

  • Comment Link Corin Raymond Tuesday, 17 April 2012 23:51 posted by Corin Raymond

    Hey Tom,

    You're right about that one for sure; Waits was living in New York when 'Downtown Train' was written and recorded, and the title of the song does a pretty good job of clearing up the location. We were talking about that up top, and I made a comment which I will (post-modernly) reprint here:

    'Downtown Train'!! Man, I didn't even think of that one, and it's one of my favourites! One of the only examples I can think of about the ache an inner-city train can cause... and that video is hilarious, thanks for reminding me of it! I love the fact that 'Downbound Train' and 'Downtown Train' came out within the same year. I remember reading an interview with Waits, when Springsteen was using Waits' tune 'Jersey Girl' to close every show, and the interviewer asking Waits what he thought of Springsteen using his song as a final encore. Waits said something like, 'He's a good kid, but I've done all I can for him... he's on his own now.' God I love those guys.

    Tom, it sounds like you've been on a lot of New York trains yourself... and yes, commuter transport is more than welcome in the gallery of train songs. Myself, I think we could use more urban train songs-- I loved Russ Musgrove's comment about the streetcars that ran by his house when he was a kid and I suggested there was another city-train song hiding in there somewhere. Streetcars and subway trains both give me the shivers. I've never lost the love I had of riding 'em when I was a kid.

    Thanks for the point-out,


  • Comment Link Vanessa Vaile Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:33 posted by Vanessa Vaile

    This is great and I'll posting the link + excerpt/description to my community blog. Trains are part of history in Mountainair NM too. It was developed for the benefit of the RR as the point on the Belen cut-off connecting the Topeka to Santa Fe for transcontinental run to CA. Trains one way stopped to leave off engines they needed to come through the Abo pass from Albuquerque and picked them up coming the other way. The line is still busy and the depot still here, but the trains never stop anymore. Abo Pass is very popular with train photographers.

  • Comment Link Corin Raymond Sunday, 22 April 2012 22:07 posted by Corin Raymond

    Wow, Vanessa,

    It's lovely to receive your post and hear a little about the trains running (and trains that used to run) through New Mexico. I love it! Please feel free to post the piece, I'm happy that it feels relevant.

    Also, Tom Waits has come up a lot (both in my piece and in the discussion), but I've neglected to mention what I think is his greatest train song-- a song which was inspired by the touring he did in Australia, where he learned about the trains in Victoria which used to stop in all the little towns through the south, but which were all axed by Victoria Rail in the eighties. This is a song I would've liked to have included in the piece- Guy Clark's tune 'Texas 1947' touches on the changing times, and the new-improved trains which no longer stop at the smaller stations, but this song really puts you in that town. Also, it echoes an Aussie tune, which was a huge hit in Australia for singer Slim Dusty, called 'Pub With No Beer' (there's a' nothin' so lonesome, morbid or drear/ than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer...)

    Here's the lyrics to Waits' tune, and a link to the song itself:

    Town With No Cheer (Tom Waits)

    well it's hotter 'n blazes
    and all the long faces
    there'll be no oasis
    for a dry local grazier
    there'll be no refreshment
    for a thirsty jackaroo

    from Melbourne to Adelaide
    on the Overlander
    with newfangled buffet cars
    and faster locomotives
    the train stopped in Serviceton
    less and less often

    no, there's nothing sadder
    than a town with no cheer
    Vic Rail decided the canteen
    was no longer necessary there
    no spirits, no bilgewater, and 80 dry locals
    and the high noon sun beats a hundred and four
    there's a hummingbird trapped
    in a closed down shoe store

    this tiny Victorian rhubarb
    kept the watering hole open for sixty five years
    now it's boilin' in a miserable March 21st
    wrapped the hills in a blanket of Patterson's curse
    the train smokes down the xylophone
    there'll be no stopping here
    all you can be is thirsty in a town with no cheer

    no Bourbon, no Branchwater
    though the townspeople here
    fought the Vic Rail decree tooth and nail
    now it's boilin' in a miserable March 21st
    wrapped the hills in a blanket of Patterson's curse
    the train smokes down the xylophone
    there'll be no stopping here
    all you can be is thirsty in a town with no cheer

    Thanks for the comment, Vanessa, and the tales of Abo Pass.


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