I don't want to be first in line to see Mrs. Train
I expect that it doesn't matter to Mrs. Train
Being comfortable with yourself
And being patient and taking your time

Are the things that Mrs. Train can understand
I've never seen a train like this before
But then again there's never been
A train like this before like Mrs. Train

And someone's got to be the one to declare
That they want to be next in line to see Mrs. Train
But I don't want to be first in line to see Mrs. Train
I expect that it doesn't matter to Mrs. Train

Being patient and taking your time
Are things a train can understand
And I'll be happy when I finally take her hand
There's never been a train like this before.

Someone's got to be the one
At the head of the line to first see Mrs. Train.
But I'm not in any rush to head the line
And so the line has a missing head.

And I don't want to be first in line to see the missing head
I expect that it doesn't matter to the missing head
Being patient and taking your time
Are things that a head can understand

And I'll be happy when I finally take its hand
There's never been a head like this before
Someone's got to be the one
At the head of the line to first see the missing head

But I'm not in any rush to head the line
And so the line has a missing head

(Missing head) And I don't want to be first in line to see the missing head
(Missing head) I expect that it doesn't matter to the missing head
Being patient and taking your time
Are things that a head can understand
And I'll be happy when I finally take its hand


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Mrs. Train Lyrics as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My InterpretationNobody wants to be first to see the train they heard about, so the line to see the train doesn't have anyone in front. But since nobody wants to be first to see the front of the line, there's nobody in second position either.

    Ultimately it becomes clear that the train itself is a hypothetical line of people that never manifested because nobody wanted to be first and seem pushy and impolite.

    There is a lot of room for metaphors here. Inductive reasoning in math, for one. But also maybe something about Nirvana.
    tjarethon June 13, 2021   Link

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