Graveyard Train
Creedence Clearwater Revival Lyrics


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On the highway
Thirty people lost their lives
On the highway
Thirty people lost their lives
Well, I had some words to holler
And my Rosie took a ride

In the moonlight
See that greyhound rollin' on
In the moonlight
See that greyhound rollin' on
Flyin' through the crossroads
Rosie ran into a hound

For the graveyard
Thirty boxes made of bone
For the graveyard
Thirty boxes made of bone

Oh, mister undertaker, yeah
Take this coffin from my home

In the midnight
Hear me cryin' out her name
In the midnight
Hear me cryin' out her name
Well, I'm standin' on the railroad
Waitin' for the graveyard train

On the highway
Thirty people turned to stone
On the highway
Thirty people turned to stone




Oh, take me to the station
'Cause I'm number thirty-one

Overall Meaning

The song "Graveyard Train" by Creedence Clearwater Revival tells the story of a man named who experiences grief and loss after his loved one dies in a roadside accident. The lyrics depict the tragedy that befell his girlfriend Rosie who is involved in an accident with a Greyhound bus on the highway, she ran into a hound and is sadly one of the thirty people who lost their lives. The songwriter then queries the undertaker to take Rosie's coffin away from his home as he mourns and cries out her name in the midnight, and waits for the Graveyard Train where he intends to join the others. The song conjures the image of a man barely holding on after his tragic loss, feeling numb as life seems to be a blur and fading away while waiting for death to take him too.


The song serves as a metaphor for the journey of life, as the Graveyard Train represents the end of the line, and the final destination where all things and people must eventually end up. The imagery used in the song evokes sadness, darkness, and grief reminding listeners that humans are mere mortals and that death is an inevitable consequence of life. The song, written by John Fogerty, is an emotional and powerful tune that portrays the harsh realities of life, and how one must try to come to terms with loss and grief.


Line by Line Meaning

On the highway
On the road where cars travel


Thirty people lost their lives
Thirty people died


Well, I had some words to holler
I had something to say


And my Rosie took a ride
My girlfriend went for a ride


In the moonlight
Under the light of the moon


See that greyhound rollin' on
See that bus driving by


Flyin' through the crossroads
Driving through the intersection quickly


Rosie ran into a hound
My girlfriend's car hit a dog


For the graveyard
For the cemetery


Thirty boxes made of bone
Thirty coffins made of wood and bones


Oh, mister undertaker, yeah
Oh, funeral director, please


Take this coffin from my home
Remove this coffin from my house


In the midnight
In the middle of the night


Hear me cryin' out her name
Hear me calling for my girlfriend


Well, I'm standin' on the railroad
I am on the train tracks


Waitin' for the graveyard train
Waiting for the train that carries the dead bodies


Thirty people turned to stone
Thirty people died suddenly


Oh, take me to the station
Please take me to the train station


'Cause I'm number thirty-one
Because I could be the next one to die




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Cameron Fogerty

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Ian Lusignan

I totally agree with you
Ian...... with the only exceptions being the very last two albums,
Pendulum, and Mardi Gras. Five (5) songs
on Pendulum were great, particularly Pagen Baby and Hey Tonight. Born To Move, Molina, and obviously Have You Ever Seen The Rain were very, very good and typical CCR-sounding songs. But the rest, while artistically and instrumentally amazing, had entirely too much of a jazz sound with all of the organ and saxophone instrumentation, therefore not sounding like what made Creedence Clearwater Revival THE top rocknroll band in the world. And as everyone knows, the seventh and final CCR album Mardi Gras, with the lone exception being the brilliant rock tune Sweet Hitch-Hiker,
was a disaster, and should have never even been released.
The first five albums
by CCR were without question, absolutely fantastic, especially album five, Cosmo's Factory....... which is
THE GREATEST STUDIO-RECORDED ALBUM IN ROCKNROLL HISTORY 🎸



@paulacoronelvillacres6262

On the highway
Thirty people lost their lives
On the highway
Thirty people lost their lives
Well, I had some words to holler
And my Rosie took a ride
In the moonlight
See that greyhound rollin' on
In the moonlight
See that greyhound rollin' on
Flyin' through the crossroads
Rosie ran into a hound
For the graveyard
Thirty boxes made of bone
For the graveyard
Thirty boxes made of bone
Oh, mister undertaker, yeah
Take this coffin from my home
In the midnight
Hear me cryin' out her name
In the midnight
Hear me cryin' out her name
Well, I'm standin' on the railroad
Waitin' for the graveyard train
On the highway
Thirty people turned to stone
On the highway
Thirty people turned to stone
Oh, take me to the station
'Cause I'm number thirty-one



@FJTradesfx

Long time ago when my pops was alive. He was like hey son look for this song on the web for me , he wasn't sure of the title looking back now he confused graveyard for midnight...well I never found it till last week ...hear it is pops lol 😜 rest easy dad love u🤙🍻 ... #tillthespeakersblowout















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@user-ip9yu7lp1q

On the highway, thirty people lost their lives.
Well, I had some words to holler, and my rosie took a ride.

In the moonlight, see the greyhound rollin on.
Flyin through the crossroads, rosie ran into the hound.

For the graveyard, thirty boxes made of bone.
Mister undertaker, take this coffin from my home.

In the midnight, hear me cryin out her name.
I'm standin' on the railroad, waitin for the graveyard train.

On the highway, thirty people turned to stone.
Oh, take me to the station, cause Im number thirty-one.



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@theresewalters1696

Good for you! I am almost 65 and still trying to get my guitar up to speed with my songwriting.

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@sorrowcat2724

Crisp fall night, got the oil lanterns lit around the yard, got a fire pit going with my dog by my side. CCR is playing from my truck. It really doesn’t get better than that.

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