Joe Ely — Boxcars
Album: Joe Ely
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6.9

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Released: 1978
Length: 3:53
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Well I gave all my money to the banker this month
Now I got no more money to spend
She smiled when she saw me comin' through that door
When I left she said, "Come back again."
I watched them lonesome boxcar wheels
Turnin' down the tracks out of town
And it's on that lonesome railroad track
I'm gonna lay my burden down.

I was raised on a farm the first years of my life
Life was pretty good they say
I'll probably live to be some ripe ol' age
If death'll stay out of my way
This world can take my money and time
But it sure can't take my soul
I'm goin' down to the railroad tracks
Watch them lonesome boxcars roll

There's some big ol' Buicks at the Baptist church
Caddilacs at the Church of Christ
I parked my camel by an ol' haystack
I'll be lookin for that needle all night
There ain't gonna be no radial tires
Turnin' down the streets of gold
I'm goin down to the railroad tracks
And watch them lonesome boxcars roll

Now if you ever heard the whistle on a fast freight train
Beatin' out a beautiful tune
If you ever seen the cold blue railroad tracks
Shinin' by the light of the moon
If you ever felt the locomotive shake the ground
I know you don't have to be told
Why I'm goin down to the railroad tracks
And watch them lonesome boxcars roll.

Yeah, I'm goin down to the railroad tracks
Watch them lonesome boxcars roll
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a hole in the universe was ripped
by strings and cords
and the ghost of dead
cowboys and poets
waltzed in

Dr. Strangelove
Bumped it up to nine.  looking for that needle all night.  in Happyland?
Written by Butch Hancock, worth seeking out his work as well.
Joe who? Arlo? Coming into Los Ange-leees. 

 
The second song from this guy today. Enough already! {#Stop}{#Stop}{#Stop}
A little railroad boxcar theme, eh? Nice!
Most excellent
An oft-overlooked Texas treasure.
 ïœ«mazzy wrote:
Just upped my rating with listening to the playing at the end. Good stuff!
 
I just did the exact same thing.  Up to 8 for the instrumental riffs! 
Just upped my rating with listening to the playing at the end. Good stuff!
 oldfart48 wrote:

this ain't " country" it is Americana, or rock and roll. " listen to a " country " station you shure as hell wont hear this....{#Eek}

 
That is quite true...the people who jump to the defense of country music here never seem to have actually listened to a country station...
 jpfueler wrote:
I really dislike what passes for country on mainstream radio these days, and generally most country leaves me cold with only a few exceptions.
But Bill sure knows what to best intersperse into his playlist to make me like far more than I thought I did.

 
this ain't " country" it is Americana, or rock and roll. " listen to a " country " station you shure as hell wont hear this....{#Eek}
 dig wrote:
What is not to like about this song? Lyrics, melody, instrumentation, Rock. Easy 9.

 

good ear....
 oldsaxon wrote:

He sings better than I do.

 

yep.....
 ziakut wrote:
I guess we are in the 'guys that rock and sway but can't sing well' playlist showcase.

 
He sings better than I do.
love this! 
 lkovathana wrote:
A song for these times ...

 
It is, isn't it? Kind of sad, really. The more things change, the more they stay the same...
What is not to like about this song? Lyrics, melody, instrumentation, Rock. Easy 9.
Another song that I'd love to know how they got that massive guitar tone. Cool bass line, too.
I guess we are in the 'guys that rock and sway but can't sing well' playlist showcase.
Love hearing Joe Ely on RP. He's been a fixture of the Austin scene forever, which makes some of the comments seem funny.

This still sounds fresh, and relevant, all these years on...
had to turn up the amp...did that with the last song, too...any more of this and my valves will burn
Nice combining with the previous Eilen Jewell "Dusty bocar wall"! While listening to it, I was thinking of this great Joe Ely song...
I really dislike what passes for country on mainstream radio these days, and generally most country leaves me cold with only a few exceptions.
But Bill sure knows what to best intersperse into his playlist to make me like far more than I thought I did.
 RocknAustin wrote:
Joe puts on a rock'n gooood show.  Catch him if you can!
 
Cool - thanks for the tip!  Love this song.  I just checked and what do you know?  He will be playing Seattle on Nov 21!  At the Triple Door no less, excellent small venue.

Me like a lot. Had not heard before. Thank you!

{#Clap}
Wow, this is one of the best songs I've never heard... till now. Great meld of storytelling and musicianship.

A song for these times ...
Saw him in 1989 at Fitzgeralds in oak park il. great show!!
Oh my. Memories of the Armadillo and Austin in the day~!! 
I just love Joe Ely ... so very underrated.
Joe puts on a rock'n gooood show.  Catch him if you can!
 KitKat wrote:
"Gave all my money to the bankers this morning..."?  So - almost - appropriate.  We're on the verge of giving all of our unborn descendants' money to the bankers!  Say hello to the boxcar, kids!

 
Quite. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose {#Frown}
 mvanderford60 wrote:
Godlike live - David Grissom on guitar, Bobby Keys on sax - best shows ever. Written by Butch Hancock - but Joe does it right.

"There ain't gonna be no radial tires runnin down the streets of gold . . ."

Definitely Church of Joe
 
They have been playing each others' songs so long, they admit sometimes they forget who wrote them. Not sure if that's true or not, but seeing The Flatlanders play is a magical experience.

 blotto wrote:
Is this song on True Blood or something. Sounds familiar.
 
I know, right?!  Every time I hear this song I think of Jace Everett's "Bad Things".  I am shocked to see this song is from 1978 — timeless and modern sounding.

so now i get psyched any time i hear the eilen jewell song because i know joe ely is coming up next!
Godlike live - David Grissom on guitar, Bobby Keys on sax - best shows ever. Written by Butch Hancock - but Joe does it right.

"There ain't gonna be no radial tires runnin down the streets of gold . . ."

Definitely Church of Joe
 KitKat wrote:
"Gave all my money to the bankers this morning..."?  So - almost - appropriate.  We're on the verge of giving all of our unborn descendants' money to the bankers!  Say hello to the boxcar, kids!

 
"still owe money to the money we owe'

Is this song on True Blood or something. Sounds familiar.
Ho Hum
Isn't there something Nick Cave about this guy?  Or...after seeing the release date, something this guy about Nick Cave.

 KitKat wrote:
"Gave all my money to the bankers this morning..."?  So - almost - appropriate.  We're on the verge of giving all of our unborn descendants' money to the bankers!  Say hello to the boxcar, kids!

 

Too late. Already done.
 lmic wrote:
Comin' into Los Angeles...
 
Exactly....

Thanks for a great Sunday afternoon, Bill!!!
Comin' into Los Angeles...
 wrangler wrote:
first time ever hearding this song.  very cool
 
Me, too!

Upped from a 9 to a 10 just now. There is something so very... perfect... about this song.
Amazing sound, it's as fresh today as it was back in 78!
my favorite Joe Ely song of all time (Had My Hopes Up High being a close secon). I have not listened to this in a long time. Great upload.
 liser wrote:
Am I the only one who hears a Bob Dylan song in the background? What IS the name of that song?????
 
The Man in the Long Black Coat.