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How Long Is This Train

Dan Tyminski17 Jun 2008

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How Long Is This Train - Dan Tyminski

How long is this train son

 

I heard his fragile voice

 

I didn't want to listen but there really was no choice

 

It seems like it goes on forever

 

And I waited for so long

 

The old man's breath came slow

And smelled of whiskey in the dawn

 

On a cold November morning

 

In the gentle mist of rain

 

There's just so many reasons

 

That people wait to meet a train

 

And as I waited for my sister to

 

Come down the metal stairs

 

He told me that his son had

Not been home in fifteen years

 

And I barely seemed to notice the tears behind his face

 

But his wishes were no

Strangers to the people in this place

 

The old man stood there waiting for

A young man dressed in blue

 

Then he handed him a neatly

Folded flag and said for you

 

He said your son he died

A hero in the service of this flag

 

The old man took it gently put it in his paper bag

 

Then I left him in the rain there but I'd still hear his voice

 

I try hard not to listen

But there really is no choice

 

On a cold November morning

In the gentle mist of rain

 

There's just so many reasons

 

That people wait to meet a train

 

How long is this train son

 

I can hear the pouring rain

 

I'm still reminded of him

 

When I hear a passing train