Gospel Train


Come on people, got to get on board
Train is leavin' and there's room for one more
God, don't listen to the Devil, he got ways to move you
This train don't carry no smokers
This train...

Well, come on people, cause it's startin' to rain
Get on board, it's the gospel train, yeah
Don't listen to the Devil now
People, don't listen to the Devil
Satan will fool you
Satan will fool you
I said Satan will fool you
Well, this train don't carry no smokers
This train
This train
Wooo
Wooo
Wooo!

Come on people, get on board
Train is leavin' and there's room for one more
Just trust in the Lord
Wooo
Wooo!

Written by: Tom Waits(1)
Published by: Jalma Music Inc., 1990, 1993
Official release: The Black Rider, Island Records Inc., 1993(2)
Further reading: The Black Rider Full Story

Known covers:
None


Low-res video of Waits in the studio recording "Gospel Train"
Music Factory in Hamburg/ Germany, 1989. With Greg Cohen.
Taken from German WDR television documentary "The Black Rider - Der Schwarze Reiter", 1990 (Theo Janssen and Ralph Quinke)


Low-res video excerpt of "Gospel Train" 1990 theatre version
The Black Rider rehearsals. Thalia Theatre in Hamburg/ Germany.
Taken from German WDR television documentary "The Black Rider - Der Schwarze Reiter", 1990 (Theo Janssen and Ralph Quinke)


Low-res video excerpt of "Gospel Train" 2006 theatre version.
Ahmanson Theatre. Music Center, Los Angeles/ USA. April 22, 2006

Notes:

(1) Gospel Train: Song could be inspired by
- Get On Board (Spiritual/ gospel, unknown copyright): "Get on board, little children. The gospel train's a-comin'; I hear it just at hand. I hear the wheels rumblin' And rollin' through the land. Get on board little children; Get on board little children. Get on board little children; There's room for many a-more. I hear that train a-comin'; She's comin' round the curve. She's loosened all her steam and breaks And strainin' ev'ry nerve. The fare is cheap and all can go; The rich and poor are there. No second class aboard this train; No difference in the fare."
- This Train (Spiritual/ gospel, unknown copyright): "Train is bound for glory, Don't ride nothin' but the righteous and the holy, [...] This train don't carry no gamblers, No hypocrites, no midnight ramblers [...] This train don't carry no liars, No hypocrites and no high flyers, [...] This train don't carry no rustlers, [...] Sidestreet walkers, two-bit hustlers. This train don't pull no jokers, No whiskey drinkers, no cigar smokers. Because this train's a clean train, this train." (Source: Transcript by Floris Cooman, as sent to Tom Waits Library, 2005)

(2) Gospel Train:
- Sung by Pegleg as he flies in on a chair and hands Wilhelm more bullets
- Mark Richard (1994): "At 1:00 a.m. we listen to the "Gospel Train" tape, a problematic piece for a formal orchestra. Dawes asks Waits if he wants to lay in a train whistle track, and Waits says no, that he had given the orchestra such a big talk about them being a train, and they tried so hard playing to be a train that to add a train whistle right now might make them feel impotent. But he would like for Dawes to make the cut have the feel of a Bahia slave gally leaving the Amazon loaded with molasses and sugar cane... "Right," says Dawes." (Source: "The music of chance". Spin Magazine: June 1, 1994. Mark Richard)