"Trials & Troubles" as written by and William Watson Jay Secor....
Down the track this morning she did stroll
In an accident her foot got caught in a hole
I'm going to tell you the truth
Die for a touch of that cold hand
I'd be crying every time the Southern makes it's run

I'm going to buy them all
Cigarettes and chewing tobacco when I can
Trials and troubles are heavy for me

She's a ramblin' gal
Bound to leave her home
I begged my brown skin
Please don't leave me alone
I'm going to make amends
Bound to cry to touch her hand
I'm going to ride that line
Till I see that black train come

I'm going to buy them all
Cigarettes and chewing tobacco when I can
Trials and troubles are heavy for me

Now people that Southern Pacific make her run
From Chapel Hill to the state of Washington
Round the bend at 40 miles
20 tons of loaded freight a-comin' on
Florsheim's stuck and it won't come out
My good gal's dead and gone

I'm going to buy them all
Cigarettes and chewing tobacco when I can
Trials and troubles are heavy for me

Trials and troubles are heavy for me

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"Trials & Troubles" as written by Willie Watson Ketch Secor

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    General CommentYes I love this song to. I like it especially because I dont know what the fuck it means

    I finally know what this is about. The words you are seeing are post-8 minutes of concentrated thought.

    Dudes girl was walking on the traintracks and her foot got stuck in the hole. She could be a slave because it says "Begged My brown skin please dont leave me alone" Begged me slave? don't go.

    If he was in love with a slave that makes the song very politcal and Civil War themes can come again.

    But I don't think so. Pacific was post 1865 post abolition.

    Whatever I say, one things for sure Old Crow hates railroads.Do they hate being on the road all the time?
    adoyle3on November 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song by old crow. It think it's pretty apparent what the song's about. his girl was "a ramblin gal bound to leave her home" and she set out walking down the railroad track. she got her foot stuck in a hole (possibly breaking her ankle or something). The train was coming too fast around a bend (Round the bend at 40 miles) so it came upon her suddenly, and it couldn't stop quickly enough (20 tons of loaded frieght a-comin' on) and she was stuck on the tracks and got run over by the train. so now he's decided to "ride that line Till I see that black train come" - meaning he's going to be a hobo, ride the train lines, until he dies. He's going to "buy them all
    Cigarettes and chewing tobacco" when he can instead of saving up his money because he now sees how close death is and is not too concerned about the future. As to the brown skin part, maybe she was an african american. It doesnt have to mean she was a slave.

    by the way, chapel hill is chapel hill, North Carolina, one of the most beautiful towns in the nation. So by making that reference he's giving the idea of how far the train travels.
    AndreAndreon October 18, 2009   Link

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