This Train

This Train is Bound for Glory

(New Words and Music Adaptation by Woody Guthrie)

This train is bound for glory, this train.
This train is bound for glory, this train.
This train is bound for glory,
Don’t carry nothing but the righteous and the holy.
This train is bound for glory, this train.

This train don’t carry no gamblers, this train;
This train don’t carry no gamblers, this train;
This train don’t carry no gamblers,
Liars, thieves, nor big shot ramblers,
This train is bound for glory, this train.

This train don’t carry no liars, this train;
This train don’t carry no liars, this train;
This train don’t carry no liars,
She’s streamlined and a midnight flyer,
This train don’t carry no liars, this train.

This train don’t carry no smokers, this train;
This train don’t carry no smokers, this train
This train don’t carry no smokers,
Two bit liars, small time jokers,
This train don’t carry no smokers, this train.

This train don’t carry no con men, this train;
This train don’t carry no con men, this train;
This train don’t carry no con men,
No wheeler dealers, here and gone men,
This train don’t carry no con men, this train.

This train don’t carry no rustlers, this train;
This train don’t carry no rustlers, this train;
This train don’t carry no rustlers,
Sidestreet walkers, two bit hustlers,
This train is bound for glory, this train.

3 comments on “This Train

  1. I heard this song being played on Democracy Now! today during the coverage of the NATO protests in Chicago. It was being performed by one of the protestors.

    Nope, no jokers here… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    I love this song because it implies some degree of experience of all those things that the train riders no longer are… we’ve all had trials and tribulations to get to where we are today… and those experiences remain a part of us. And how perfect for our own “spirit train”. ♥

    This song was also connected to the Underground Railroad, with “glory” meaning “freedom”… these songs were used to “point people in the right direction” for those who needed help.

Comments are closed.