Ghost Train Blues

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: David Nelson

A Hunter/Nelson song first played by the New Riders of the Purple Sage in April 2008.

Melancholy lingo
Soul upon the wing
Moaning at my window
I can hear it sing

Steaming down a cold track
Sleeping in a coal sack
Bad pint of applejack
Done me wrong

Solitary song
Up to meet the dawn
Ghost train blues
Baby, all night long

Sing it to the moon
Sing it to the stars
Sing it to a hundred
Haunted hell-bound box cars

Riding on the ghost train, woo-ooh
Tracks made of blue flame, woo-ooh

Moaning in the cold rain
Listen to it pour
I don't want to ride this ghost train
Any more

Ghost man switch man
Reeking od booze
Northbound, southbound
His to choose

Got no blanket but my own tattoos
And no darn music but the ghost train blues

Listen to that wolf wail
Thunder clap and black hail
Enough to make my nerve fail
All night long

Step before the dawn
There to meet the day
No one here to help
But they're helping anyway

Solitary song
Stand before the dawn
Ghost train blues
Baby, all night long

Sing about forever
A moment at a time
Riding on that ghost train
Mortuary line

Riding on the ghost train, woo-ooh
Tracks made of blue flame, woo-ooh

Moaning in the cold rain
Listen to it pour
I ain't gonna ride this ghost train
Any more
New Riders Recordings
     Date Album
     2009 Where I Come From

 


Home | Find words/phrases| Find Song lyrics| Dead originals| Dead covers|