"Love In Vain" as written by and Robert Leroy Johnson....
Well I followed her, to the station
With a suitcase in my hand
Yeah, I followed her to the station
With a suitcase in my hand

Whoa, it's hard to tell, it's hard to tell
When all your love's in vain

When the train, come in the station
I looked her in the eye
Well the train come in the station
And I looked her in the eye

Whoa, I felt so sad so lonesome
That I could not help but cry

When the train left the station
It had two lights on behind
Yeah, when the train left the station
It had two lights on behind

Whoa, the blue light was my baby
And the red light was my mind

All my love was in vain

All my love's in vain

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"Love in Vain" as written by Robert Leroy Johnson

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    General CommentNobody posted????
    The guitar at the start of this song and well pretty much throughout is so beautiful... It's a song about a guy who loves a girl and she leaves him on a train and he feels like all the love he put into her/used was in vain or that there was no point because it didn't make her stay with him..
    trackmedownon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust a note- This song was originally done by Robert Johnson, king of the delta blues, around 1937.
    wetcoasteron March 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe's disillusioned by love.
    lauralau85on May 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentVery possibly the best song on Let It Bleed. I love it so.
    SilverEagleon March 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's "hard to tell WHEN all YOUR love's in vain." Same in the Robert Johnson version.

    Some interesting differences in the Robert Johnson version though: RJ sings "The blue light was my blues and the red light was my mind," which makes way more sense than "The blue light was my baby." But the stones do sing it the original way in some live recordings.

    Also, RJ sings (at least in the recording I have) "Well I felt lonesome I was lonesome," not "well I felt so sad and lonesome" like the stones.

    Either way it's great. As far as I can tell, most modern trains do not have blue and red lights on the back, though airplanes do.
    RaceYouAnyTimeon January 30, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIt's not actually a lyric correction but I think the title should acknowledge that it's a Robert Johnson cover.
    calebyon February 08, 2012   Link

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