I remember the days of growing up
When we were young and wild and free
With mama and daddy watchin' over us.
I remember they told me...

"Keep your back to the darkness of this world.
Always know your own heart, son.
Tell us what will you do with your life,
Oh, when all is said and done?"

And every night I'd hear the thunder
Of the rollin' midnight train,
And I'd hear that lonesome whistle blow,
Callin' out my name.

I remember the day I might my girl
When she was all of seventeen,
Dancin' like an angel
To a love song serenade.

I'd take her riding in my daddy's car.
We'd go deep into those fields
And share the secrets of our youth
That no darkness could conceal.

And every night we'd hear the thunder
Of a rollin' midnight train,
And I'd hold her close and swear
Our love could never fade away.

Oh, yeah!

Now, Barry Glenn, he was my best friend
Through those reckless summer days,
And we rode our bikes to the riverside
And wished our lives away.

When he was eighteen, he joined the marines,
But he was too wild to be tamed.
Yeah, he survived and came back alive.
We never were the same. Oh no.

Now I'm a man and I understand
What it means to be alone,
But I spend my nights with my own June bride.
Got a love that's carved in stone.

So, keep you back to the darkness of this world.
Always know your own heart, son.
Remember who you are, and who you were,
And where it is that you come from.

Yeah, and I still hear the thunder
Of a distant midnight train.
It's rumblin' down those phantom rails
Of my memory.

Yeah, I still hear the thunder
Of a rollin' midnight train,
And I hear that lonesome whistle blow,
Callin' out my name.

To roll me home.
Roll me on down that line.
Roll me home.
Roll me on... down that line.


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Midnight Train song meanings
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