i'm just a penny on the train track
waitin' for my judgement day
come on baby girl let me see those legs
before i get flattened away

i wait
yeah, i wait
for something good, for something great

stoppin' in somebody's old home town
gotta get that midnight meal
if you can't get behind your own life
get behind the driving wheel

and go, just go
find a place that you don't know

ran into a friend just the other night
got a badge, he's a local cop
haven't seen that boy in over seven years
since out of high school i dropped

i see, i see
all the things that i should be

oh baby dance with me!

every lucky man has a bad day
and every pretty girl has a scar
after that train comes and takes me away
pick up that guitar

and play, just play
play that rock and roll for me

he's in the yard just washin' his car
thinkin' 'bout his pretty wife
makin' lemonade with the kitchen aid
makin' him a perfect life

and it's grim, so dim
when you wish that you were just like him

i'm a-just a penny on the train track
waitin' for my judgement day
come on baby girl let me see those legs
before i get flattened away

i wait, i wait
for something good, for something great

and i try, oh i try
i can't stop, i don't know why





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    General CommentI think that this video offers a little bit more insight: youtube.com/… .

    Ben is just saying to just go do things and have fun, because we're all pennies on a train track, and our train is eventually going to come. His line about picking up the guitar after the train takes him away is telling people that when he dies he just wants them to enjoy their own lives even more. Everybody grows up. Everybody gets old. Everybody dies. Why not have fun while you're at it?
    foldsfan5on March 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthanks for posting these.

    and welcome back mr. kweller. We've missed you.

    I love this song too..its just....GREAT. and I don't care what its about..
    Heather200408on September 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"The reflective rocker “Penny on the Train Track,” where Kweller muses about running into an old friend who is now a police officer. “I was at the Wal-Mart in Greenville looking for a mouse trap when I bumped into a buddy from high school and he showed me his badge. That was a big moment for me to realize that we're all growing up. To think that somebody I used to get in trouble with is now a cop!”

    - atorecords.com/
    heartbeats_xxxon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI definitely think that this is Ben taking a more conservative look at his life, maybe because he saw that old friend all grown up.

    I think Ben realized that he still lives very much the same way he used to, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I think the song is sort of a plea (to someone, probably Liz) to tell him to just keep going the way he's going, because it's worked for him so far. I think he's having a sort of "crisis of lifestyle", and is sort of acknowledging that and saying "okay, fine, yes, I feel a little weird about this now, but I'll be fine in a day or two."

    I think the "even lucky man has a bad day and pretty girl has a scar" part is saying "everybody has off days. This is mine."

    When he gets to the "he's in the yard just washin' his car
    thinkin' 'bout his pretty wife
    makin' lemonade with the kitchen aid
    makin' him a perfect life

    and it's grim, so dim
    when you wish that you were just like him" part, I think he's sort of reassuring himself that a traditional life is not something he wants.

    And he can't stop doing what he's doing. . . he doesn't know why.
    sukebeion September 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me very happy
    tigerlilyloveon December 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Song! Suprised not more comments...
    supernukeon March 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song! Reminds me of some of the songs that were in Shrek...

    anyways, just beautiful!
    Kuckuson March 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the 70s? vibe of this song. Makes me wanna just drive away from here and get lost somewhere and scream at random strangers on the way.
    suclid003on March 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the first verse, and possibly whole song, is about living life not worrying about the afterlife.

    "come on baby girl let me see those legs
    before i get flattened away"
    ullberryon July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song has a lot of meaning for me. I live right by some train tracks, and my friends and I used to put pennies on the tracks all the time. It was such a carefree and innocent time, and it makes the penny metaphor a very powerful one.
    I also love the part about the man with the perfect life. Brilliant.
    muffinhoeon April 08, 2008   Link

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