A telegram arrived today,
It is time to catch the Monterey
'Cause the man I wed, he waits for me
And the daughter that he's yet to see

The US Navy beamed its message,
Will deliver brides on a one way passage
It made big news across the nation
The bridal train leaves from Perth station

All the girls around Australia
Married to a Yankee sailor
The fare is paid across the sea
To the home of the brave and the land of the free

From west to east the young girls came
All aboard the bridal train
It was a farewell crossing over land
She's gone to meet her sailor man

No time for sad goodbyes,
Well she held her mother as she cried
And then waited there in the Freo Rain,
To climb aboard the bridal train

Well she was holding her future in her hand
Yeah the faded photo of a man
Catch a sailor if you can
The war bride leaves her southern land

All the girls around Australia
Married to a Yankee Sailor
The fare is paid across the sea
To the home of the brave and the land of the free

From west to east the young girls came
All aboard the bridal train
It was a farewell crossing of her land
She's gone to meet her sailor man

Now this is the story of those starry nights
Through desert plains and city lights
Through burning sun and driving rain
She wept aboard the bridal train

All the girls around Australia
Married to a Yankee sailor
The fare is paid across the sea
To the home of the brave and the land of the free

From west to east the young girls came
All aboard the bridal train
It was a farewell crossing over land
She's gone to meet her sailor man



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Bridal Train song meanings
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    General CommentPoetic amazing song... As per transcipt on Andrew Dentons 'Enough Rope'

    'Yeah, my my grandmother was a war bride, after the Second World War. She met Bob Cain, he was an American sailor. And they met in Perth, and after a very brief engagement, married and then he was sent away. She received a telegram at about midnight one night, saying eh pack your things, there’s a train, ah the US Navy is chartering a a train to take ah war brides to Sydney, and from Sydney you can board a ship, and we’ll take you to America to be with your husbands, and I just wonder how those women must have felt as they were journeying across their country possibly for the last time you know to go and live in this, in this new place and you know with children… '
    TheDaddyon August 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLive this song, love the Waifs.
    Derefon November 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI meant "love", not "live".
    Derefon November 06, 2009   Link

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