Jumpin' a Train

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Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul (born Paul Plissey; January 14, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter and folk musician. Born in Aroostook County, Maine, Paul is a key figure in what has become known as the Boston school of songwriting, a literate, provocative and urbanely romantic folk-pop style that helped ignite th… more »

The time, 11:33 on a Saturday, November, 1923
I'm synchronized, it's wise to keep my wits about me 
My name is Roy, a one-time choir boy 
Now I'm sixteen, man, and I'm nobody's toy 
I'm gonna take to the wind and get this town behind me 

I'm jumpin' a train leavin' town 
Howling whistle sounds 
And I'm not looking back -- gonna tie my fate to a train track 
Got a whiskey bottle tied in a corn sack 
Hold on world, I'm coming, I'm hitching a ride on a north-bound train 

Am I alive? Won't somebody tell me 
The Mississippi waves, what's it trying to sell me?
Mud in the banks, but no one gets thanks 
when it's tracked in through the doorway 

I am home grown, sewn into these britches 
But I'm not spending my life digging up ditches 
Like my Daddy did, and his Daddy did, and his Daddy before

Written by: ELLIS PAUL


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