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 the folk revival of the 1990s. His pop music songs have appeared in movies and on television, bridging the gap between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. 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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