Gordon Lightfoot: Steel Rail Blues

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Steel Rail Blues

Well, I got my mail late last night
A letter from a girl who found the time to write
To her lonesome boy somewheres in the night
She sent me a railroad ticket too to take me to her loving arms
CHORUS: And the big steel rails gonna carry me home to the one I love

Well, I've been out here many long days
I haven't found a place that I could call my own
Not a 2-bit bed to lay my body on
I've been stood up
I've been shook down
I've been dragged into the sand
CHORUS: And the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love

Well, I've been up tight 'most every night
Walking along the streets in this old town
Not friend around to tell my troubles to
My good old car she done broke down
'Cause I drove it into the ground
CHORUS: and the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love

Well I look over yonder across the plain
The big drive wheels are pounding along the ground
I'm gonna get on board and I'll be homeward bound
Now I ain't had a homecooked meal and Lord I need one now
CHORUS: And the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love. Oooh....

Now here I am with my hat in the hand
Standing on the broad highway
"Will you give a ride?"
To a lonesome boy who missed the train last night
I went in town for one last round
And I gambled my ticket away
CHORUS: And the big steel rail won't carry me home to the one I love. Oooh.....












songwriter: Gordon Lightfoot

performed by: Gordon Lightfoot

date released: 1993 by Gordon Lightfoot

My favourite track from the Lightfoot songbook, it doesn't take a wild imagination to see the woeful tale of a loving man taken down by his vices. He's gambled his money away and forfeit his ticket to ride the rails back to one he loves.

As for this blogger, the song evokes a passionate love of trains which began in childhood as a freight train whistled by my home to punctuate the long nights. The wave of an engineer was all I could hope for as "the big steel rail" carried bounty of B.C. salmon products to the Port of Vancouver. Watching the caboose disappearing into the distance, I felt transported from my rural circumstance into the Great Beyond of cities and oceans. Funny thing the power of music to transport us back in memory.

Steel Rail Blues

Well, I got my mail late last night
A letter from a girl who found the time to write
To her lonesome boy somewheres in the night
She sent me a railroad ticket too to take me to her loving arms
CHORUS: And the big steel rails gonna carry me home to the one I love

Well, I've been out here many long days
I haven't found a place that I could call my own
Not a 2-bit bed to lay my body on
I've been stood up
I've been shook down
I've been dragged into the sand
CHORUS: And the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love

Well, I've been up tight 'most every night
Walking along the streets in this old town
Not friend around to tell my troubles to
My good old car she done broke down
'Cause I drove it into the ground
CHORUS: and the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love

Well I look over yonder across the plain
The big drive wheels are pounding along the ground
I'm gonna get on board and I'll be homeward bound
Now I ain't had a homecooked meal and Lord I need one now
CHORUS: And the big steel rail gonna carry me home to the one I love. Oooh....

Now here I am with my hat in the hand
Standing on the broad highway
"Will you give a ride?"
To a lonesome boy who missed the train last night
I went in town for one last round
And I gambled my ticket away
CHORUS: And the big steel rail won't carry me home to the one I love. Oooh.....












songwriter: Gordon Lightfoot

performed by: Gordon Lightfoot

date released: 1993 by Gordon Lightfoot

My favourite track from the Lightfoot songbook, it doesn't take a wild imagination to see the woeful tale of a loving man taken down by his vices. He's gambled his money away and forfeit his ticket to ride the rails back to one he loves.

As for this blogger, the song evokes a passionate love of trains which began in childhood as a freight train whistled by my home to punctuate the long nights. The wave of an engineer was all I could hope for as "the big steel rail" carried bounty of B.C. salmon products to the Port of Vancouver. Watching the caboose disappearing into the distance, I felt transported from my rural circumstance into the Great Beyond of cities and oceans. Funny thing the power of music to transport us back in memory.

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Quiz #: 3600
If you know what it's like living away from a loved one, this Lightfoot classic will touch your heart.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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