"One Toke Over The Line" as written by Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley....
One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line

Awaitin' for the train that goes home, sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line

Whoooo do you love, I hope it's me
I've bin a changin', as you can plainly see
I felt the joy and I learned about the pain that my momma said
If I should choose to make a part of me, surely strike me dead
Now I'm one toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
I'm waitin' for the train that goes home sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line

I bin away a country mile,
Now I'm returnin' showin' off a smile
I met all the girls and loved myself a few
Ended by surprise like everything else I've been through
It opened up my eyes and now I'm
One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
Don't you just know I waitin' for the train that goes home sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line

Don't you just know I waitin' for the train that goes home sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line

I want to be
One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
Don't you just know I waitin' for the train that goes home sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over line
One toke, one toke over the line


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"One Toke Over the Line" as written by Tom Shipley Michael Brewer

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    General CommentOne toke over the line? Wait 'til you see the bats. Sorry, but whenever i hear this song it reminds me of Fear and Loathing. Good song. Not much I can think to say about this song as far as the meanings go.
    DingusAGon April 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell... according to Lawrence Welk, it's a modern spiritual. :)
    jejones3141on October 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is talking about the end of life...ready for death to come and take you away.

    In the first line, he is waiting for the train to take him home...he's talking to "sweet Jesus". Obviously in this case, 'home' is heaven. In the 5th line, he's talking to "sweet Mary".

    In the first line, second verse, again he's talking to Jesus when he says, "Who do you love, hope it's me" And at some point everyone who believes in God says 'I can be better, I'll change." This is the next line, "I've bin a changin', as you can plainly see". The 'Joy' and the 'Pain' that his 'momma said' is, I think, teachings, stories and hardships learned from the Bible...easy to read...hard to obey.

    The singer strayed from faith and religion "a country mile" (a long way). He experienced life, probably good and bad. Now he's back with a renewed faith and a glad heart. "showin' off a smile". With his eyes open, by golly, he can see The Way...

    ...and he's ready for the train to take him home.

    Never thought I'd agree with Lawrence Welk, but this is a spiritual...
    hassenfeferon April 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about growing up. In the process of "sowing his wild oats" He learned about what's important in life and what really matters. He experienced what his mother taught him. He knows life because he lived it fully. He's indulged in life's pleasures outside of his home, yet now knows that some of the best pleasures are back there. And over the line means he is sooo anxious to get on the train to go home his foot is already over the line at the station waiting to get on and go back.. Also. When he says "If I should make a part of me" I think he is talking about having a child. And the statement that follows is out of his fear, not because of commitment, but because he understands what his mother was talking about...love, spirituality, family and home.

    Good song. My 16 year old son just discovered it and loves it.
    countjoneson April 14, 2013   Link

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