My Daddy was a rounder
Had to make himself some change
Climbed down off the mountain
Shaved his head and caught a train
But I keep my skillet greasy
Keep my lamp trimmed 'n' low
My weary feet, these floors I walk
But why I'll never know
And I hear echoes of his heart
Beating back from distant lands
And I hear the lonesome whistle
Of that train that stole my man

And I cuddle to my child
Teach him to bear the shame
To take the blows
The tos and fros that
Earn an honest name
But money's running low, you know?
No friends to help me through
Just one last thing I can sell
And that will have to do
But I feel hunger in my sunken cheeks
In the tremble of my hand
And I feel the rumblin' of the wheels
Of that train that stole my man

My mind just takes to ramblin'
As the day goes walkin' west
And madness comes a-crawlin'
Through that hole inside my breast
And sorrow sings the simple song
That screams the whole night through
A melody of him and me
That never rang so true
And I see dark clouds on the rise
And I see midgets in the sand
They paint my sight with visions
Of the train that stole my man

And I dreamt I found his crossroads
In the land of sticks and stones
Where the petty worries of the heart
Are worries so unknown
He took me in his arms, you know
And tied me to his side
Caught that first wind off the hills
And further we did ride
Well I felt his touch upon my breast
That unforgiving hand
But when I woke, could smell the smoke
Of that train that stole my man

Now the wind runs through my skin
And the rain runs through my eyes
Can't find no ground to hold my feet
Lord knows how hard I tries!
For come the dawn, I'll clean my teeth
And powder up my chest
Take off this faded apron, babe
And put on my Sunday best
To bind the strings to fix my heart
I'm gonna look to holy lands
And lay my back down on the track
Of that train that stole my man

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Train That Stole My Man song meanings
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  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the use of "Daddy" is similar to that of the use of "Mama" as a term for a lover, they way that Adam does in other songs.
    Conn92on August 16, 2012   Link
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    General Commentsong sung from a womens point of veiw. her husband, or lover leaves her and she is sells her body to take care of her child. she fantises about finding him one day but never does. sad really. great song.
    Allenderon September 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know..
    she almost seems to talk of him in a closer way than that of a father..
    I do realize that in the first line it says "My daddy"
    but if you read the rest of it... I don't think people would be talking about their father like that. It seems more of a husband. Because forgetmyname, you're right. It is hard to raise her kid right ..when the child's father walked out on them.
    karenellenon February 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentagreed, despite that line it doesn't really sound like her father, not to mention the use of "my man" throughout would generally hint otherwise
    schnabelon September 21, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWow. Have you even listened to this song?
    Seriously, it tells you in the first line who this songs about. Her dad. Her dad ran out on her: "Shaved his head and caught a train", (hence the title)
    Just a sad song about the effects of her father leaving her.. Trying to raise her kid right, but it's obviously hard.
    Then she dreams about her dad coming back, and when the dream fades and she's left with the pain, she dresses up to go end her sorrow once and for all.
    forgetmynameon October 16, 2007   Link

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