"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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  • +1
    General CommentHe's disillusioned by love.
    lauralau85on May 23, 2007   Link
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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 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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    General CommentOne of the greatest cover versions In The Rock n Roll era, up there with Hendrix’ Watchtower, The Byrds’ Mr Tambourine Man, Devo’s Satisfaction, and all the other greats!
    force263on July 27, 2019   Link
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    My InterpretationHer is the spirit that takes you. And leaves from the station which is a place one reaches at the top of ones

    mind at the edge of insanity where one make the choice to let go of control to be taken on the trip

    Somewhere. The suitcase is the baggage that one carries that needs to be left behind.

    He followed her, so he picked up on the signs and got the message which led to the station.

    Since he has been trying so hard to find her, his love has been in vain.

    The train that came to the station was in fact her and he looked her in the eye.

    As a man with no love he felt so sad and lonesome.

    So when the train left the station is when she turned on her creativity. The station is stop and she is go,

    but he did not go because the blue light is that she was left blue because he was the red light who didn’t let

    go and is still standing at the station with the suitcase in his hand, and that is why his love was still in vain.
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    arthurgon December 02, 2016   Link

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