Sunday, April 1, 2007

There's a train comin'

RightWingBob reminds us of the title song of Bob Dylan's first Christian album. The song uses train imagery:
.... Amplifying the lyrical image is the rhythm of the tune itself, which evokes a train steadily and inexorably coming down the track; never more so than in this live version from West Germany in 1981.
Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted
Can’t help but wonder what’s happenin’ to my companions,
Are they lost or are they found, have they counted the cost it’ll take to bring down
All their earthly principles they’re gonna have to abandon?
There’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend.
Source: RightWingBob: Slow Train Chuggin'

Another train song with a religious message is the great Curtis Mayfield song, People Get Ready. The versions below are by Mayfield, and then Jeff Beck on guitar:
People get ready
Theres a train a-coming
You don't need no baggage
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear the diesels humming
Don't need no ticket
You just thank the Lord

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