Long Black Train

Long Black Train

by Josh Turner

There’s a long black train,
Comin’ down the line,
Feedin’ off the souls that are lost and cryin’,
Rails of sin, only evil remains
Watch out brother for that Long Black Train

Look to the heavens
You can look to the skies
You can find redemption
Staring back into your eyes
There is protection and there’s
Peace the same, burnin’ your ticket for that
Long Black Train

‘Cause there’s vict’ry in the Lord I say,
Vict’ry in the lord,
Cling to the Father and His holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

There’s an engineer on that Long Black Train,
Makin’ you wonder if the ride is worth the pain,
He’s just a waiting on your heart to say
Let me ride on that Long Black Train,

But you know there’s vict’ry in the Lord I say,
Vict’ry in the Lord,
Cling to the Father and His holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

Well, I can hear the whistle from a mile away,
It sounds so good
But I must stay away
That train is a beauty, makin’ everybody stare
But its only destination is the middle of nowhere,

But you know there’s vict’ry in the Lord I say,
Vict’ry in the Lord,
Cling to the Father and His holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

I said cling to the Father and His holy name
And don’t go ridin’ on that long black train
Yeah, watch out brother for that long black train
The Devil’s a drivin’ that long black train.

To start off my chain of reviews, if Long Black Train by Josh Turner, the white guy with such a deep voice I almost feel jealous. Really, its ridiculous sometimes how low it is, and yet he frequently makes amazing songs. This song, however is the song that garnered interest in him and helped him become one of the youngest musicians ever to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, second after Carrie Underwood.

LBT is an metaphorical warning against a life of sin and its eventual destination. Beginning with a two stanza verse that follows the Biblical pattern of “do not this, rather, do this,”  LBT tells of a force that goes along feeding of lost souls. With a warning about the train, he moves on to tell of another force, the Heavens. Balanced against the parasitic nature of the train are redemption, protection and peace being offered by the Heavens, God more specifically.

The chorus is a rolling cry of victory over that train, reiterating his warning and promise. Following the chorus comes further illustration of the train, now in single stanzas. There’s an engineer that’s waiting for you to fall, though it should really be waiting for you to not be helped up, hoping that you’ll keep on that train headed to the middle of nowhere. Like a siren’s call, so is too is the whistle of that train, dragging you along to oblivion with the Devil at the helm; the engineer from before. Ending with admonition and warning, LBT leaves off into the distance, just like the train it warns against.

Well, with that review done, I’ve got a few updates. I’m about 98% better, and feeling alive once again. Wolverine is coming out this friday and it looks to be pretty sweet, though I’m more excited about seeing gambit than wolverine. Last night/this morning my team became one of three remaining undefeated teams in my fantasy baseball league, and next week I’ll be playing the other undefeated in my division in what promises to be an epic battle of similar teams; both being primarily based on pitching. Actually, his was balanced last year and mine was even heavier in the pitching boat. Due to some league changes stemming from complaints from the proles, if became slightly less pitching-centric and I was forced to diversify slightly.

I’ve also got my topic for my 15 page research paper that’s due in a few weeks (see, I’ll do almost anything to keep me from doing schoolwork) for my physical anthropology class; Machiavellian Tenancies in Primate Behavior. I know two people who would actually find this amusing and understandable, and I hope I’ll be able to share it with them when I’m done with it.

Well, that’s about all for now, tune in next time for a different song review, suggestions and comments are being taken!

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