"The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me" as written by and M. Ward....
The Brakeman is letting off some steam,
This has to be the slowest train that I have ever seen
and the Sandman's waiting to deliver me my dream,
Guess I'll lay my head against my elbow and the window

Watch the wheels go,
Watch the wheels go,

Roll on, Roll on oh little train
Brakeman blow your whistle, throw your weight upon the chain
Make way, for whatever will be, will be
Between the Sandman, the Brakeman, and me.

And the Sandman's waiting to deliver me my dream,
Deliver me my dream, deliver me my dream,
Today

Guess I'll lay my head against my elbow and the window
Let my wheels go, let my wheels go

Let my wheels go

Roll on roll, on oh little train
Brakeman blow your whistle
Throw your weight upon the chain.

Now make way,
Whatever will be, will be,
For the sandman, the brakeman, and me.

Roll on, roll on oh little train,
Brakeman blow your whistle,
Throw your weight upon the chain

Oh make way, whatever will be, will be
for the sandman, the brakeman and me.


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"The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me" as written by M. Ward

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  • +8
    General CommentDisappointment? Even with Milk Thistle and White shoes? How disappointing your taste is, sir.
    AliElGiganteon August 05, 2009   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI'm starting to get sick of people giving Oberst all of the credit. While he is a great artist and all, this is obviously an Ward song, and so shouldn't be enjoyed through an Oberst filter as other songs on the album.

    That being said, none of these tracks should be enjoyed through any filters at all, instead enjoyed independently as a new band that the 4 have created.
    strangerstrangeon September 21, 2009   Link
  • +4
    My OpinionEVERY single time Conor does something new, the first time I listen to it I have absolutely no opinion about it. If anything, maybe a little disappointment, but I've noticed the second or third time I listen to it, it sounds completely different than the first time I did and I get completely HOOKED.

    This is my favorite song so far. I'm so excited for the album; 21 days!
    wrinkledforeheadon September 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is one of my favorite songs on the album.
    m. ward's voice is amazing.

    and i agree with strangerstrange, i'm pretty tired of conor getting all the credit. m. ward has an amazing voice and is a great songwriter. this song is clearly in his style, if you ever listen to his solo work. it's definately not anything conor's work.
    iwasarecordon October 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The Sandman, the Brakeman and Me"
    This was again a late addition that one came complete from M. Ward, pretty much. We added stuff but very minimal things. I was really moved by that song. We actually used his demo and then I recorded a bunch of keyboards and cymbals and stuff to make parts swell a little bit more and make it dreamy. It's a lullaby, something I want to sing my girl when putting her to sleep. Jim and Conor just did vocals.



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    Cyberghoston November 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhattttt? conor oberst and the mystic valley band is fucking amazing. I seen them at the metro, chicago in july and he gave me the chills, i even got close to tears.
    humanityon September 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with the comment about feeling indifferent to it at first then getting hooked the 3rd time around! i was completely like that for Outer South, i thought it was complete rubbish first time, now some of those songs are my favourites!
    Katty1234on September 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhen I first heard this I immediately thought of the sandman comics by neil gaiman. Anyone else!?!??!?!
    electrifriedon December 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Matt wrote this song about the band in general. The Brakeman being Oberst, the Sandman being James, and Me being Matt.
    sundermunichon October 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is going to be played at my funeral.
    awwgereeeon January 28, 2011   Link

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