Song Lyric Sunday: Paramours – ‘It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry’

Jim’s called his overarching theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday ‘spouse in the house’. However, one of his key words is ‘lover’ (which obviously isn’t mutually exclusive). The highlighted lines in these Bob Dylan lyrics were the first thing that came into my head.

Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby,
Can’t buy a thrill.
Well, I’ve been up all night, baby,
Leanin’ on the window sill.
Well, if I die
On top of the hill
And if I don’t make it,
You know my baby will.

Don’t the moon look good, mama,
Shinin’ through the trees?
Don’t the brakeman look good, mama,

Flagging down the “Double E”?
Don’t the sun look good
Goin’ down over the sea?
Don’t my gal look fine
When she’s comin’ after me?

Now the wintertime is coming,
The windows are filled with frost.
I went to tell everybody,
But I could not get across.
Well, I wanna be your lover, baby,
I don’t wanna be your boss.
Don’t say I never warned you
When your train gets lost.

Written by Bob Dylan

Song Lyric Sunday 22 November 2020

2 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Paramours – ‘It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry’

  1. I was writing about China Cat Sunflower the other day and I came across the line “Don’t the brakemen look good, mama, flaggin’ down the ‘Double-E'”. Great music, I love this song.

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