Joe Ely — Boxcars
Album: Joe Ely
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Released: 1978
Length: 3:53
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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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Most Excellent        :o)         Connecticut  
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.