Song Lyric Sunday: Speaking and Listening – ‘Hear My Train A Comin’

The elements of dialogue form the key words for Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday this week: talk and hear; speak and listen.

I had originally intended to use Dylan’s ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’ for this prompt, until I remembered that I’d already deployed it for the theme of ‘Books’ about a year ago.

Still, Jimi Hendrix is always an acceptable substitute, so this is ‘Hear My Train A Comin’. In subject matter and time signature it has all the hallmarks of a classic traditional blues song, although it was written by Jimi himself.

Like many of Jimi’s own compositions it’s essentially a vehicle for the matchless guitar pyrotechnics of live performance, as in this accompanying video of the man in his pomp.

Well I
Hear my train a comin’
Hear my, hear my train a comin’
Ay yeah
Well I wait around the train station, waitin’ for that train
Take me, take me, take me away
From this lonesome town
Lonesome town
Too bad you don’t love me no more girl
Too bad your people put me down
Yeah
Tears burnin’ me
Tears burnin’ me in my eye…
Way down, way down in my soul
Tears burnin’ me way down in my heart, yeah
Too bad you don’t love me no more girl
Too bad you and me had to part, had to part
Hear my train a comin’
Hear my train a comin’
Hear my train a comin’
Hear my train a comin’
Well I hear my train a comin’
Hear my train a comin!

Written by Jimi Hendrix

Song Lyric Sunday 1 March 2020

6 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Speaking and Listening – ‘Hear My Train A Comin’

  1. Are you eluding this can’t be considered classic blues because it was written by Jimi? Just kinda stuck in my craw. Maybe it’s me… Brilliant song choice though…..

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