Blue Train
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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There's an engine at the station and the whistle calls my name
It's callin' callin' callin', come and get aboard the train
My baby's gone and I'm alone to live in misery
I'm gonna call and make a reservation for me

Gonna ride a blue train, gonna ride a blue train
Gonna ride a blue train, gonna ride a blue train
I'm gonna climb aboard and ride until I learn to smile
I'll be knockin' out the blues while I'm knockin' out the miles
With my guitar, beat and rhythm, to the click-clack of the wheels
I'm gonna sing the blues 'cause that's the way that I feel

I'm gonna ride a blue train, gonna ride a blue train
Gonna ride a blue train, gonna ride a blue train

Conductor, go and tell the man, to shovel on the coal
It doesn't seem half as bad as long as I can roll
Give me another ticket and I'll stay and ride with you
There's nothing left to live for in this world we're rollin' through





Gonna ride a blue train, gonna ride a blue train
Gonna ride a blue train, gonna ride a blue train

Overall Meaning

In "Blue Train," Johnny Cash explores the themes of heartbreak, despair, and the comfort of the open road. The song begins with a longing for escape, as Cash hears the call of a train and decides to climb aboard. He's alone, his "baby" gone, and he's left with nothing but misery. But instead of wallowing in his sorrows, Cash decides to use the train ride as a means of freeing himself and finding happiness once again.


Cash uses his guitar to knock out the blues, singing to the rhythm of the train wheels as he chugs along. He's not just escaping his troubles; he's transcending them. When he asks the conductor to shovel on the coal, he's giving himself up to the experience of the ride, living for the journey and not the destination. There's nothing left for him in this world, he sings, and so he'll ride the blue train until he learns to smile again.


In "Blue Train," Johnny Cash confronts the pain of heartbreak head-on and uses the open road as a means of healing. He reminds us that sometimes the best way to move on from our troubles is to keep moving forward, and to embrace the journey rather than solely focusing on the end result.


Line by Line Meaning

There's an engine at the station and the whistle calls my name
The train is ready to depart and beckons him to come aboard.


It's callin' callin' callin', come and get aboard the train
The train is urging him to leave his sorrows behind and join it on its journey.


My baby's gone and I'm alone to live in misery
He's left alone and heartbroken after the departure of his lover, causing him misery.


I'm gonna call and make a reservation for me
He has decided to reserve a spot on the train and leave all his worries behind.


I'm gonna climb aboard and ride until I learn to smile
He hopes to reach a point of happiness once again and sees the train as a means to do so.


I'll be knockin' out the blues while I'm knockin' out the miles
As he travels on the train, he'll write and play the blues to help him cope with his pain.


With my guitar, beat and rhythm, to the click-clack of the wheels
He'll use the sounds of the train to add to the music he's playing on his guitar while riding.


I'm gonna sing the blues 'cause that's the way that I feel
He'll play and sing the blues because they resonate with the sadness and pain he's feeling.


Conductor, go and tell the man, to shovel on the coal
He wants the train to keep moving forward and requests the conductor to keep the coal burning.


It doesn't seem half as bad as long as I can roll
The pain of his sorrows seems less significant as he moves on with the train.


Give me another ticket and I'll stay and ride with you
He's found some solace on the train and is willing to stay on to escape reality for a while.


There's nothing left to live for in this world we're rollin' through
He's come to the realization that there's nothing waiting for him in the current world and wants to move on with the train.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: BILLY H SMITH

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@ijosef

This is is my favorite Cash era. Johnny on vocals and acoustic guitar, Luther Perkins on lead guitar, Marshall Grant on upright bass, and (later on) W.S. Holland on drums. Sam Phillips knew how to capture the sound of the Tennessee Two backing up Johnny's voice and it was perfect. It's one of those magic moments in time when everything comes together.

@jaybarber68

ijosef Amen to that!

@uglymoon78

One of his best. It's got everything, it's about a train, lost love, Luther played great imitating the train rhythm and Johnny's somber voice just rolling and rolling.

@RandyStrubleBackingTracks

His song were simple, but they spoke to everyone!!

@laslos3

Man! What a song! I don't see why this wasn't as big a hit as Hey Porter or Folsom Prison Blues. Either way, I LOVE it!

@morbidtotty8375

Why wasn’t this song more popular???

@wilmaflintstone9369

This is how you write an ingenious catchy tune with just 6 different tones! 💃🎧

@brando18guitarplyr

i'm just 15 years old, and i love this stuff, so cool! SO MUCH better than the crap teenagers listen to nowadays, but i love metal and stuff too! that ain't crap.

@1busybeekeeper

Brilliant I've never heard this song before (what a confession!!) I found it by chance bit will look for more. Come Ride this Train Yee Ha

@kingbushwickthe33rd

I sang that to my little grandnephew Preston Blake center when he was a month old. Two things I'm gonna buy him before too long: A Johnny Cash CD and a Tom&Jerry DVD.

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