Oh oh this train, I'm riding this train
Don't you wanna ride
(This train)
Oh get on, get on (this train)

Grab your ticket and your suitcase
Thunder's rolling down the tracks
You don't know where you're goin' now
But you know you won't be back
Darlin' if you're weary
Lay your head upon my chest
We'll take what we can carry
And we'll leave the rest

Big wheels rolling through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

I will provide for you
And I'll stand by your side
You'll need a good companion
For this part of the ride
Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there'll be sunshine
And all this darkness past

Big wheels roll through fields
Where sunlight streams
Meet me in a land of hope and dreams

This train carries saints and sinners
This train carries losers and winners
This train carries whores and gamblers
This train carries lost souls
I said, this train dreams will not be thwarted
This train faith will be rewarded
This train hear the steel wheels singin'
This train bells of freedom ringin'

This train carries saints and sinners
This train carries losers and winners
This train carries whores and gamblers
This train carries lost souls
I said, this train carries broken-hearted
This train thieves and sweet souls departed
This train carries fools and kings
This train, all aboard

I said, this train dreams will not be thwarted
This train faith will be rewarded
This train hear the steel wheels singin'
This train bells of freedom ringin'

Come on this train
People get ready
You don't need no ticket
All you got do is just get on board
On board this train
This train, people get ready
You don't need no ticket (oh I know you don't)
You don't need no ticket you just get on board (people get ready)
You just thank the Lord (people get ready)

Come on this train (people get ready)


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"Land Of Hope And Dreams" as written by Curtis Mayfield Bruce Springsteen

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    Song MeaningI don't exactly see this as about America or heaven, at least not entirely, but to me it's about everybody living together in this world. Bruce uses incredible symbolism to say "This train" is our world; we're all riding it together, meaning we're all living together, and it really doesn't matter who we are or what we do, because we're people. We live equally (or at least we should be), and I think part of it is Springsteen saying in the end God doesn't care what we did in the past so much as who we are and what we believe now.

    "This train/ Carries saints and sinners
    This train/ Carries losers and winners
    This Train/ Carries whores and gamblers
    This Train/ Carries lost souls
    This Train/ Dreams will not be thwarted
    This Train/ Faith will be rewarded
    This Train/ Hear the steel wheels singin'
    This Train/ Bells of freedom ringin'
    This Train/ Carries broken-hearted
    This Train/ Thieves and sweet souls departed
    This Train/ Carries fools and kings
    This Train/ All aboard

    This Train/ Dreams will not be thwarted
    This Train/ Faith will be rewarded
    This Train/ Hear the steel wheels singin'
    This Train/ Bells of freedom ringin"

    So you see, there are all different kinds of people in this song, and Bruce is saying that doesn't matter at all. What does matter is that we all live in this small world together, and we are all here together riding the train. I think one of the greatest parts of this song to me is in the end: "you don't need no ticket/ you just get on board/ *you just thank the Lord*". That's what he's saying is the key to riding this train (living)--thanking the Lord. He gave you your free pass, all you have to do in return is give Him your thanks. I used to have my religious doubts, but now, because of Springsteen, I have complete trust in God. Because of Bruce, I've become even more religious, my thoughts are a lot deeper, and I really appreciate life and all its elements. This is easily one of my favorite songs ever, and NOTHING compares to seeing it live.
    Natalie98on November 08, 2012   Link

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