*cause out on the edge of darkness...
Now I've been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun
I've been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Something good's bound to come

For out on the edge of darkness
There runs the peace train
Peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Peace train sounding louder
Ride on the peace train
Hoo-ah-eeh-ah-hoo-ah
Come on the peace train
Peace train's a holy roller
Everyone jump upon the peace train
Hoo-ah-eeh-ah-hoo-ah
This is the peace train

Get your bags together
Come bring your good friends too
Because it's getting nearer
Soon it will be with you
Come and join the living
It's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer
Soon it will all be true

Peace train sounding louder
Ride on the peace train
Hoo-ah-eeh-ah-hoo-ah
Come on the peace train

I've been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating?
Why can't we live in bliss?

For out on the edge of darkness
There rides the peace train
Peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Peace train sounding louder
Ride on the peace train
Hoo-ah-eeh-ah-hoo-ah
Come on the peace train

Come on, come on, come on the peace train


Lyrics submitted by Novartza, edited by clever55

"Peace Train" as written by Yusuf Islam Cat Stevens

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  • +2
    General Commenti wish they played this on radio stations that has a lot of new music on it. all to often you hear music about how much life sucks, but he says about how life does suck but it doesn't have to stay like that.
    halfaliveon June 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI really love listening to music written during the Vietnam War these days, because it fits in once again with the state of our country and the war in Iraq. That, and its a much calmer anti-war message, unlike ours today.
    ZeroOneon October 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with ZeroOne. It's sad that we dont have good music like we did, then - but it's nice to listen to the music of those days. Cat Stevens is a totally rad hippy. If you havent seen Harold&Maude yet, you should definitely do that... He composed the whole soundtrack.
    thetaste_ofinkon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is one of hope, and although Cat isn't in my generation, he remains one of the best artists of all time. I think that the war inspired this song, but it applies to life outside of war. It's my "theme song" if you will, reminding me that it could always be worse, and to always try and see the light in the tunnel; that at the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train.
    BananaLoafon January 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthaha unipsycho, he did say that. i guess it the song has double meaning for me then, boning good friends and such. but then also having that side of the song where he's been crying lately, however, the peace train will never come. not with the people who are leading this country, and others.
    caliginousfaceon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs alty6905 nuts? How can your blood boil from a pacivistic song? That is irony.
    matt14on September 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentput simply, make love not war! :D
    mammadaddioon April 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is the only song that has ever brought me to tears.
    coldpizzaon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment~~~~For out on the edge of darkness~~~
    There rides the peace train
    Peace train take this country
    Come take me home again
    Absolutely love it. Haha, Kinda funny though cuz when i first heard this, i thought he was saying B String. as in the B string on a Standard tuned guitar. But what a wonderful song. So lovely and positive. =)
    JohnWayneon July 10, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution."
    - Cat
    shanshanshabangon August 18, 2007   Link

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