Down There by the Train


Okay, hereís another one

Well, thereís a place I know where the train goes slow
Where sinners can be washed in the blood of the lamb
Thereís a river by the trestle down by Sinnerís Grove
Down where the willow and the dogwood grow

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 thereís room for the foresaken if youíre there on time
Youíll be washed of all your sins and all of your crimes

If youíre 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

Thereís a golden moon that shines up through the mist
And I know your name will be on that list
Thereís no eye for an eye, thereís 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

Well, if you live in darkness, if you live in shame
All of the passengers will be treated the same
And old Humpty Jackson, his gypsy blood will sing
And Charlie ???? holding on to Dillingerís wings

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, Iíve never asked forgiveness, Iíve never said a prayer
Iíve never, Iíve never truly cared
And Iíve hurt the ones who loved me, and Iím still raising Cain
Iíve taken the low road and if youíve 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 slow


Words and music by Tom Waits
©1994 Jalma Music Inc.



Recorded live at the Storming Heaven Benefit for Don Hyde, at the Raven Theatre, Healdsburg, August 11, 1996


Tom Waits: Vocals and guitar


No official release by Tom Waits. The song was recorded for the 'Bone Machine' album but no outtake has surfaced as yet. Eventually he gave the song to Johnny Cash who released it on his album 'American Recordings' in 1994.

This live version is one of the recordings that really should have been included in the 'Tales from the Underground' series, rather than officially available (and truly bootlegged) work by Teddy Edwards, John Hammond or Tin Hat Trio.
Or, for that matter, Johnny Cash, whose version was included.


This live version has a verse that is not included on Cash's album, the one that starts with "If you live in darkness, if you live in shame".
If you know which Charlie he sings about, please let me know at THIS ADDRESS