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Downbound Train

This song is by Bruce Springsteen and appears on the album Born In The U.S.A. (1984).

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Downbound Train
I had a job, I had a girl
I had something going, mister, in this world
I got laid off down at the lumber yard
Our love went bad, times got hard

Now I work down at the car wash
Where all it ever does is rain
Don't you feel like you're a rider
On a downbound train?

She just said, "Joe, I gotta go
We had it once, we ain't got it anymore"
She packed her bags, left me behind
She bought a ticket on the Central Line

Nights as I sleep, I hear that whistle whining
I feel her kiss in the misty rain
And I feel like I'm a rider
On a downbound train

Last night, I heard your voice
You were crying, crying, you were so alone
You said your love had never died
You were waiting for me at home

Put on my jacket, I ran through the woods
I ran 'til I thought my chest would explode
There in the clearing, beyond the highway
In the moonlight, our wedding house shone

I rushed through the yard, I burst through the front door
My head pounding hard, up the stairs I climbed
The room was dark, our bed was empty, then I heard that long whistle whine
And I dropped to my knees, hung my head and cried

Now I swing a sledgehammer on a railroad gang
Knocking down them cross ties, working in the rain
Now don't it feel like you're a rider
On a downbound train?

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Bruce Springsteen

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