"Train Overnight" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Joseph Paul Langlois and Robert Gordon Sinclair....
I loaded the variables like masterpieces
From under the germ-led advance.
I saw your compass on a sea of frayed cable
And aspects of vision afloat

In a glance.
And outside the train overnight floodlights
On inexorable sights.

You loaded the variables like acquisitions
From under the noses entranced
You heard some trumpets you thought were
Turntables and inklings to listen

Dispersed in a glance.
Outside the train overnight contrite the
Whistle wails goodnight apologizing like
An ol' dictator might.

Of course we're now traveling by plane
If it's not a Canada of a pain
We'll entertain the idea of train

Outside the train overnight bloodlines
Wheel-burnished in moonlight a great
Candescent white skeleton of flight.

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death

"Train Overnight" as written by Johnny Fay Gordon Downie

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    General CommentAn offbeat tune...I can't try to understand it, but it's just a great listen. Any song by the Hip is worth a listen.
    OpinionHeadon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think I've have it...yet I may not.

    A fellow user says that Gord Downie is obsessed with understanding World War II. I think this song might be a continuation of the song "Scared". The user there said that the Nazis were stealing away valuable art masterpieces. I feel this song is expressing that point of view as well as a million others. This could be a soldier who's fighting an enemy with chemical weapons. Or germ-led could really be German-led advance. I don't know, my thoughts are very incoherent.
    OpinionHeadon March 15, 2006   Link

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