Let the Train Blow the Whistle

Charles Cowling

Here’s a great exit song from Johnny Cash. Happy Sunday, everyone. 

 

I don’t want no aggravation 
When my train has left the station 
If you’re there or not, 
I may not even know 
Have a round and remember 
Things we did that weren’t so tender 
Let the train blow the whistle when I go

On my guitar sell tickets 
So someone can finally pick it 
And tell the girls down at the Ritz 
I said hello 
Tell the gossipers and liars 
I will see them in the fire 
Let the train blow the whistle when I go

Let her blow, let her blow 
Long and loud and hard and happy 
Let her blow No regrets, all my debts will be paid 
When I get laid Let her blow, let her blow, let her blow

You’ll be left without excuses 
For the evils and abuses 
Down to today from years and years ago 
And have yourself another toke 
From my basket full of smoke 
And let the train blow the whistle when I go

Let her blow, let her blow 
Long and loud and hard and happy 
Let her blow No regrets, all my debts will be paid 
When I get laid Let her blow, let her blow, let her blow

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Kathryn Edwards

You can’t post this one without also referencing Cash’s ‘American V’, where the ol’ train (along with the notion of ‘road’) makes its powerful metaphorical way through the album:
Like the 309 [‘put me in my box on the 309’]
Further on (Up The Road)
On the Evening Train

and yer man Johnny weeps for his lost love:
Rose of My Heart

Oh hell, just go for the whole album!

Paul Hensby
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Charles, this is very good. I think you MUST send in your fave fives to My Last Song, joining other notables such as Arthur Smith, Justin Webb, Kristie West.
Remember, the couple of sentences explaining each choice are so important.
Ceers,
Paul