"Down There by the Train (Johnny Cash cover)" as written by and Tom Waits Kathleen Brennan....
There's a place I know where the train goes slow
Where sinners can be washed in the blood of the lamb
There's a river by the trestle, oh by sinner's grove
Down where the willow and the dogwood grows
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there where the train goes slow

You can hear the whistle; you can hear the bell
From the halls of heaven to the gates of hell
And there's room for the foresaken if you're there on time
You'll be washed of all your sins and all of your crimes
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there where the train goes slow

There's a golden moon that shines up through the mist
And I know that your name will be on that list
There's no eye for an eye, there's no tooth for a tooth
I saw Judas Iscariot carrying John Wilkes Booth
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there where the train goes slow

So if you live in darkness, if you live in shame
All of the passengers will be treated the same
And old Humpty Jackson and Gyp the Blood will sing
And Charlie Whitman is holding on to Dillinger’s wings
They’re down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there where the train goes slow

So if you’ve lost all your hope; you lost all your faith
I know you will be cared for, I know you will be safe
And all the shameful, and all of the whores
And even the soldier who pierced the heart of the Lord
Is down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there where the train goes slow

Well, I’ve never asked forgiveness; I’ve never said a prayer
I’ve never given of myself and I’ve never truly cared
I’ve hurt the ones who loved me, and I’m still raising Cain
I’ve taken the low road and if you’ve done the same
Meet me down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there where the train goes slow

Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there by the train
Down there where the train goes...
Down there where the train goes slow
Oooh-o-ooh


Lyrics submitted by archmastermind, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General Commenti haven't listened to the lyrics. sad, wistful like smoke leaving an old steam engine
    Ohmon September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song always reminds me of Rudyard Kipling's short story "On the Gate".


    The men mentioned were all murderers except Dillinger, who was a bank robber.
    azkmon May 18, 2008   Link

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