Freight Train

by Fred Eaglesmith

Well I just got in from Chippewa
Got a station wagon and a hundred dollars
I was thinking about a girl I lost a year before

well I hadn’t seen her for some time
and I thought I just might go on by
when your memory came flooding in and it closed the door

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I was a diesel locomotive
I’d come whistling down your track
crashing through your door

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I didn’t have a heart
you’d need a shovel for the coal
just to get me started

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I was a freight train

well every time I talk to you
and I hear your jealous lies
I feel like I’ve been left abandoned on some old railway side

and every time I hear your voice
my engine just gets cold
my stoker will not stoke and my boiler will not boil

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I was a diesel locomotive
I’d come whistling down your track
crashing through your door

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I didn’t have a heart
you’d need a shovel for the coal
just to get me started

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I was a freight train

well every time I fell behind and I could not get ahead
I wish someone would pull the lever and give me a little sand

and every time I slipped behind even further back
I wished some switch man would come out of the fog and change my track

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I was a diesel locomotive
I’d come whistling down your track
crashing through your door

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I didn’t have a heart
you’d need a shovel for the coal
just to get me started

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I was a freight train

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I was a diesel locomotive
I’d come whistling down your track
crashing through your door

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I didn’t have a heart
you’d need a shovel for the coal
just to get me started

wish I was a freight train baby
wish I was a freight train