"Land of Hope and Dreams" as written by Bruce Springsteen and Curtis Mayfield....
Oh oh this train, I'm riding this train
Don't you wanna ride
(This train)
Oh get on, get on (this train)

Grab your ticket and your suitcase
Thunder's rolling down the tracks
You don't know where you're goin' now
But you know you won't be back
Darlin' if you're weary
Lay your head upon my chest
We'll take what we can carry
And we'll leave the rest

Big wheels rolling through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

I will provide for you
And I'll stand by your side
You'll need a good companion
For this part of the ride
Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there'll be sunshine
And all this darkness past

Big wheels roll through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

This train carries saints and sinners
This train carries losers and winners
This train carries whores and gamblers
This train carries lost souls
I said, this train dreams will not be thwarted
This train faith will be rewarded
This train hear the steel wheels singin'
This train bells of freedom ringin'

This train carries saints and sinners
This train carries losers and winners
This train carries whores and gamblers
This train carries lost souls
I said, this train carries broken-hearted
This train thieves and sweet souls departed
This train carries fools and kings
This train, all aboard

I said, this train dreams will not be thwarted
This train faith will be rewarded
This train hear the steel wheels singin'
This train bells of freedom ringin'

Come on this train
People get ready
You don't need no ticket
All you got do is just get on board
On board this train
This train, people get ready
You don't need no ticket (oh I know you don't)
You don't need no ticket you just get on board (people get ready)
You just thank the Lord (people get ready)

Come on this train (people get ready)


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"Land of Hope and Dreams" as written by Curtis Mayfield Bruce Springsteen

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    General CommentExactly. It's about the promise of America and how it can be acheived again. What did he say during the 2004 election?

    "The country we hold in our hearts is waiting."
    Smokleron May 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is gorgeous. Just gorgeous. He said he was trying to channel the Dylan epics he was so fond of, but I think I he outdid them. Just gorgeous.
    jnb987on January 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song screams one word, "America"
    blondxgurlyon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is such a great old-style gospel rave up. I love the guitar line after the chorus. Very powerful and I imagine it unites his audiences when done live - I'd love to see him play it
    Cherub Rockon June 08, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningAt my age, this song has very special meaning. It gets to my heart right away, as I think what Bruce is doing is telling the tale of a man, late in life, who has realized his mortality. He knows he's on his last journey and wants those close to him to be assured that he's on his way to heaven and that, in time, the pain of his passing will be eased by the fact that he's in the 'land of hope and dreams'.
    brucefan1017on September 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about America but when I listened to it this morning on the way to work with my daughter she told me she thought it was about heaven. Having studied the lyrics again I think she's right. Bruce's Christian faith is a bit OTT for me (I'm an atheist) so my daughter (a Christian) now owns the album! I'm glad that Bruce is supporting Obama in the election as I've no desire to see a Mormon as president - how anyone can believe that baloney is beyond my understanding.
    NISteveon October 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhat I take from this song is a simple message of getting away, going to a land of hope and dreams, a place where your dreams will not be thwarted, a land where bells of freedom ring and there's no darkness. Everyone is invited too! whores and gamblers, lost souls, saints and sinners, losers and winners... the brokenhearted.

    The train mentioned in the song definitely sends powerful message, as you can imagine a big train carrying every type of person mentioned rolling through the fields where sunlight streams. It's a very gratifying song, and my take on it is that it's just a simple.
    Wilson92on February 24, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI see this song as being about new beginnings. Could apply to life after death. But I think it's a song about change, everyone is capable of change "you don't need no ticket, just get on board". Real change comes from within and you just do it.
    Kgmoomeon June 08, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you cherub .I think Bruce has become a universal preacher. I have this sense everytime I listen to this song.
    I´ve seen him playing it live with the E street band and I figure the scene as a modern Jesus and his apostles. (I swear I´m not a religious guy... lol)
    I love the guitar sounding like a train as well.
    Alatristeon June 08, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningI don't exactly see this as about America or heaven, at least not entirely, but to me it's about everybody living together in this world. Bruce uses incredible symbolism to say "This train" is our world; we're all riding it together, meaning we're all living together, and it really doesn't matter who we are or what we do, because we're people. We live equally (or at least we should be), and I think part of it is Springsteen saying in the end God doesn't care what we did in the past so much as who we are and what we believe now.

    "This train/ Carries saints and sinners
    This train/ Carries losers and winners
    This Train/ Carries whores and gamblers
    This Train/ Carries lost souls
    This Train/ Dreams will not be thwarted
    This Train/ Faith will be rewarded
    This Train/ Hear the steel wheels singin'
    This Train/ Bells of freedom ringin'
    This Train/ Carries broken-hearted
    This Train/ Thieves and sweet souls departed
    This Train/ Carries fools and kings
    This Train/ All aboard

    This Train/ Dreams will not be thwarted
    This Train/ Faith will be rewarded
    This Train/ Hear the steel wheels singin'
    This Train/ Bells of freedom ringin"

    So you see, there are all different kinds of people in this song, and Bruce is saying that doesn't matter at all. What does matter is that we all live in this small world together, and we are all here together riding the train. I think one of the greatest parts of this song to me is in the end: "you don't need no ticket/ you just get on board/ *you just thank the Lord*". That's what he's saying is the key to riding this train (living)--thanking the Lord. He gave you your free pass, all you have to do in return is give Him your thanks. I used to have my religious doubts, but now, because of Springsteen, I have complete trust in God. Because of Bruce, I've become even more religious, my thoughts are a lot deeper, and I really appreciate life and all its elements. This is easily one of my favorite songs ever, and NOTHING compares to seeing it live.
    Natalie98on November 07, 2012   Link

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