"Marbletown" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
Roll out here mister
If you need a little rest
Lay me down in Marbletown
A bone yard is the best

There was a bad bull on the railroad
Tried to put me off his train
Lay me down in Marbletown
'Til the coast is clear again

I can hear them a- hollerin'
'We got a man down here
We got a man down'

I'm gonna flip me a cannonball
That won't stop for anyone
Lay me down in Marbletown
Wait 'til morning comes

I'm gonna roll out here in the tombstones
Wait here on my train
Lay me down in Marbletown
I hope that it don't rain

And I can still hear them hollerin
'We got a man down here
We got a man down'

Roll out here mister
If you need a little rest
Lay me down in Marbletown
A bone yard is the best


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"Marbletown" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    My InterpretationI can't quite decide if it means he's hiding from a railroad bull (security officer) in a graveyard OR if he was killed by the bull and either doesn't realize it ("I can hear them a- hollerin' We got a man down here") or does is has accepted his fate ("A bone yard is the best").

    I think he was killed accidentally by the bull and is subtly accepting his death by pretending he's just hiding for a while out in the graveyard.
    Tardon October 08, 2014   Link

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