Freight Service Only

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The old station signal
Hangs its rusty head
Telegraph wires tremble in the cold
Where the limiteds once waited for conductor’s “all aboard”
Bound for far-off places schedules told.
They rolled out through the wheat fields and the deserts and the hills
Streamline silver gleaming shore to shore
Now there’s broken boarded windows, and rails grown up in weeds
And the train doesn’t stop here any more.
*****
We were two misfit lost boys
In a prairie town
Saw our truth there in each others’ eyes
Hands exploring in the backseat, whispered passion in dark rooms
Lonesome called out lonesome from the lies
He caught the Midnight Special seeking fortune far away
Told me he’d return with joy in store
But letters bring no answer, long distance doesn’t ring
And the train doesn’t stop here any more.
*****
The pioneers and cowboys rode, and gamblers on the run
Movie stars and heroes of the war
The "City of New Orleans," "Texas Eagle," "Southern Belle"
Are just torn schedules on a dusty floor
*****
Oh, I hear the big freights moaning as they rumble through the night
Bound for the horizon and beyond
While I walk these empty backroads, see my face in empty stores
I stand still while they go rolling on
They vanish in the distance like the dream of a good love
Like the dreams of how two lives could soar
Should I try to climb aboard them, should I lay me down beneath
The trains that don’t stop here any more
I don’t know if I can live here any more
I don’t know if I can live any more.

credits

from Ambition > Ability, released November 10, 2015
Marty Smith - music / lyrics / vocals
Chris Wimberley - ambient sound

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