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Slow Train

Bob Dylan © 1979 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


3 May 1979
cd imgSLOW TRAIN COMING

  Slow Train Coming session 4, Muscle Shoals Studio, Sheffield AL - 3.may.1979, album version  

Sometimes I feel so low down and disgusted
Can't help but wonder what's happening to my companions
Are they lost or are they found?
Have they counted the cost it'll take to bring down
All their earthly principles they're going to have to abandon?
And there's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend.

I had a woman down in Alabama
She was a backwoods girl but she sure was realistic
She said, "Boy, without a doubt
Have to quit your mess and straighten out
You could die down here, be just another accident statistic.''
And there's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend.

All that foreign oil controlling American soil
Look around you, it's just bound to make you embarrassed
Sheiks walkin' around like kings
Wearing fancy jewels and nose rings
Deciding America's future from Amsterdam an' to Paris
And there's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend.

Man's ego is inflated, his laws are outdated
They don't apply no more
You can't rely no more to be standin' around waitin'
In the home of the brave, Jefferson turnin' over in his grave
Fools glorifyin' themselves, tryin' to manipulate Satan
And there's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend.

Big time negotiators, false healers and woman haters
Masters of the bluff and masters of the proposition
But the enemy I see wears a cloak of decency
All non-believers and men stealers
Talking in the name of religion
And there's a slow, there's a slow train comin' up around the bend.

People starvin' and thirstin', grain elevators are burstin'
Oh, you know it costs more to store the food than it do to give it
They say lose your inhibitions, follow your own ambitions
They talk about a life of brotherly love
Show me someone who knows how to live it
There's a slow, slow train comin' up around the bend.

Well, my baby went to Illinois with some bad-talkin' boy
She could destroy - a real suicide case
But there was nothin' I could do to stop it
I don't care about economy, I don't care about astronomy
But it sure does bother me to see my loved ones turnin' into puppets
There's a slow, slow train coming up around the bend.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

5 Oct 1978 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #3
3 May 1979 1 SLOW TRAIN COMING
2 Oct 1979 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #4
1 Nov 1979 NEW FOUND FAITH (b)
16 Nov 1979 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition)
CONTRACT WITH THE LORD PART 1 (b)
18 Apr 1980 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #5
19 Apr 1980 ROCK SOLID (b)
30 Nov 1980 RISE AGAIN (b)
3 Dec 1980 A MUSICAL RETROSPECTIVE (b)
25 July 1981 AVIGNON (b)
27 Jun 1981 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #6
29 Jun 1981 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 13 1979/1981 TROUBLE NO MORE (DeLuxe Edition) #2
THE BEST OF THE BOOTLEG SERIES [UNCUT]
4 July 1987 DYLAN & THE DEAD
4 July 1987 BOB DYLAN LIVE 1961-2000
FOXBORO (b)