“Slow Train Coming”


I’ve done a couple of essays using the names of B1s and Jubilees, which seemed to amuse some folk, so here’s one with a musical theme, using lines from Bob Dylan songs.

While riding on a train going west I fell asleep for to take my rest. The Lone Ranger and Tonto they are ridin’ down the line, fixin’ ev’rybody’s troubles, ev’rybodies ‘cept mine. The train leaves at half past ten – But it’ll be back tomorrow same time again. Well I’m walking down the line, there’s an iron train a travelin’, have you laid awake at night an wondered ’bout the same.

Well, if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair, Honey, just allow me one more chance to ride your passenger train, I ride on a mail train, baby Can’t buy a thrill.   My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains and rain – the evenin’ dusk was rollin’ I was walking down the track, there’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend.

I know the times they are a changing and the old railway’s never coming back, but I did enjoy the night train from City Station Leeds to St. Pancras, calling everywhere and taking hours to get there. There was a special excursion ticket on this train and the return – you got a whole day shed bashing in London, for just a few bob – that train and the sheds are never coming back either.

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