"Long Black Train" as written by and Josh Turner....
There's a long black train
Coming down the line
Feeding off the souls that are lost and crying
Rails of sin only evil remains
Watch out brother for that long black train

Look to the heavens
You can look to the skies
You can find redemption
Staring back into your eyes
There is protection and there is
Peace the same burn in your ticket for that
Long black train

'Cause there's victory in the lord I say
Victory in the lord
Cling to the father and his holy name
And don't go riding on that long black train

There's a engine there on that long black train
Making you wonder if your ride is worth the pain
He's just a waitin' on your heart to say
Let me ride on that long black train

But you know there's victory in the lord I say
Victory in the lord
Cling to the father and his holy name
And don't go riding on that long black train

Well I can hear the whistle from a mile away
It sounds so good
But I must stay away
That train is a beauty making everybody stare
But its only destination is the middle of nowhere

But you know there's victory in the lord I say
Victory in the lord
Cling to the father and his holy name
And don't go riding on that long black train

I said cling to the father and his holy name and don't go ridin' on that black train
Yes watch out brother for that long black train
That devil's a drivin' that long black train.


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"Long Black Train" as written by Josh Turner

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    General CommentIt took me a while to figure out what this song meant but when it did I thought that it was a beautiful song. If we trust in the Lord everthing will be fine.
    sallyann0705on July 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlong black train = fun filled life but unholly life.
    its final stop = hell.
    Thr rails the train rides on = Sin.
    the engener in it = devil.
    your tiket burning = you being saved.
    saying let me ride on it = giveing in to sin.
    GOOD song!
    Glockkidon June 26, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThe song is actually quite simple and beautiful (entirely true as well). The "long black train" is symbolism for the path to Hell. Josh sings about looking to the heavens for redemption and avoiding the long black train.

    As long as you cling to and trust in God, you will be saved.

    The engineer as said in this song is Satan. He tempts, lies and cheats to coax you onto a path of sin and deciet--again, that long black train :)

    Bottom line, it's a song about keeping faith, being strong, trusting in the Lord and resisting temptation to do wrong.

    :)
    missmarie229on June 12, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti loved this song the first time i heard it. my grandpa had told me about it and i saw it on cmt. it is absolutely beautiful and so true. trust God in everything you do and everything will be ok.
    countrygirl_04on December 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Josh Turner's voice is so powerful.
    sully30on December 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing..
    sambeeon September 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentawsome song.

    obviously about doing what God wants us to do and how we should stay away from sin (the long black train).
    joshs1ofakindxjon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, the message is about not doing anything sinful and to trust in God. Even as a person who hates God, I love this song.
    saawanjon June 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNo one can dispute the religious nature of this song...that's def. one meaning. If you listen closely, I think you can get a second meaning out of the song of drug addiction. The long black train and the devil are a person being addicted to alcohol and/or drugs.


    "that train is a beauty making everybody stare
    but its only destination is the middle of nowhere"

    ^People who abuse alcohol and drugs often glamourise their use, and think they're not doing anything wrong, and that "everybody's doing it." When in fact, addiction to even the most mild substances such as caffeine, is a sad sad thing, and that destination of that Long Black Train is indeed the middle of nowhere

    God helps those who help themselves
    Gold Star Delion June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song changed my life the first time i heard it... its so powerful and so moving it just brought me to tears. and im not a very emotional man but still it just touchd me.
    CountryMusicLovr93on April 21, 2009   Link

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