"Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains" as written by and Raymond Douglas Davies....
Under a lamp light
Monica stands at midnight,
And every guy think he can buy her love,
But money can't buy sweet lovin' from Monica.

Morning to moonshine,
Monica knows every line.
Don't ever propose 'cause Monica knows, you know.
She'll turn up her nose and say what a fool you are.

I, I shall die,
I, I shall die if I should lose Monica.
(oh Monica my love.)
People can try,
People can try, but they can't buy Monica, my love.

You take the sunshine,
I'll take the nightly shadows.
Cause everyone knows that Monica glows at night.
She'll do something wrong and prove to you she is right.

I, I shall die,
I, I shall die if I should lose Monica.
(oh Monica my love.)
People may try,
People may try, but they can't buy Monica, my love.

Morning to moonshine,
Monica knows every line.
Don't ever propose 'cause Monica knows, you know.
She'll turn up her nose and say what a fool you are.
Monica.


Lyrics submitted by Half Blind, edited by Hecticbushpig

"Last of the Steam-Powered Trains" as written by Raymond Douglas Davies

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    General CommentYou can take this song literally word for word - that it is a song from the point of the last of the steam engine... but I like to think of it in a more general sense: the passing of an era.
    The steam era has ended, but it still has its admirers - despite all the smoke, soot, scum etc. It's a song about how people can be nostalgic for something even as dirty as steam locomotives.
    mos6502on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics above at the mo seem to be about Monica by the way...

    I see 'Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains' as a cri de coeur of the analog era, of the working class man, or of the young rabble rouser, when all his "friends are all middle class and grey", "And all this peaceful living is driving me insane!"

    I feel this way a lot recently; I was at my brother's wedding this weekend, and a couple of old friends came up to me and said, "Wow, you're drunk enough for us both" and other comments about my drunkenness (I wasn't even that drunk), and I was like, "BEING DRUNK USED TO BE THE THING WE DID, REMEMBER?" and also "IT'S MY BROTHER'S WEDDING, NOW SHUT UP AND GET DRUNK!"

    It's a longing for a time when we were the "blood and sweat brigade", when we didn't have to pretend we were all boring and serious and adult and clean and quiet and and and and...
    FishesWillLaughon March 13, 2013   Link
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    General CommentLove how this song picks up steam and gets faster and faster, just like the subject it's about.
    Bluewaveson May 17, 2014   Link

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