People get ready there's a train a comin',
You don't need a ticket,
Climb on board.
Train arrive
Sixteen coaches long.
Train arrive
Sixteen coaches long.
Well that mean old train,
Took my baby,
He's gone.

Train, train
Coming 'round the bend.
Train, train
Coming 'round the bend.
Yeah that mean old evil train
Took my one and only friend.

Train, train
Coming down the line.
Train, train
Coming down the line.
Well that mean old rotten train
Took the only friend of mine.

Train, train
Coming down the track.
Train, train
Coming down the track.
Yeah he took my baby
And he never bring her back, alright.

Away, away, away,
Away in India.
Away, away, away,
Away in India.

Well I woke up this morning got the crossroads on my mind,
Well I woke up this morning got the crossroads on my mind,
Don't know what's going to be, everything will work out fine,
Well I woke up this morning got nothing on my mind.
Don't know what's going to be, everything will work out fine,
Well I woke up this morning got the H-bomb on my mind.
Well I woke up this morning got the H-bomb on my mind.
Everything, everything will work out fine, yeah.

Well I woke up this morning got the crossroads on my mind,
Well I woke up this morning got the crossroads on my mind,
Don't know what's going to be, everything, everything, everything, everything gonna work out fine.

Train, train
Come and gone.
Took my baby,
Took my baby,
Took my love
Away...

Well I woke up this morning, yeah.
Nothing on my mind.


Lyrics submitted by Nikoz78

Black Train Song (Mystery Train) song meanings
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    My InterpretationJim's homage to some old blues cats no doubt. The early ones use to travel the country by jumping on freight trains.
    sexdrugsrocknrollon July 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwtf morrison
    orboknownon April 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so fantastic. I love it.
    theriverknowson September 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHave you ever thought that this song is about deportation?
    "You don't need a ticket"

    "Well that mean old train,
    Took my baby,
    He's gone."
    r9b6kon July 08, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI absolutely adore this song. It's so mysterious and soulful. I always believed that the black train is death, you don't need a ticket for that clearly. Then mentioning the crossroads is like choosing the path you can take to death and destruction (suicide/drug addiction) He took my baby, and he never bring her back/ took my baby he's gone. Didn't a woman have an abortion with his child? Later in the song away in India it's like he had an awakening or understanding to choose and be ok with the results. That's why he woke up with no problems on his mind, he accepted death and the choices he made including the outcome, and everything will work out fine either way :-).
    soulimneron December 13, 2015   Link

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