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When I learned I had a long lost distant cousin who rode the rails as a hobo from the Great Depression through to the 60's, I had to write a song about him. This is what I imagined he'd tell me.


Trains don't seem to run anywhere anymore.
They're just a pair of rusty rails out behind the store.
And they only go about a mile or so.
And the kids today don't seem to even know what they were for.

I first rode as a fireman on the Mason-Dixon line,
And I drank it all, from Ozark corn to California wine,
Til they let me go in 1933.
But I never lost the taste of bein' free to hop a ride.

Cause I always felt the rhythm of the rails in my dreams,
And I always heard heard the whistle in the night
And I always looked for hobo fires under the trees.
I was always lookin' for another ride.
Yes, I was always lookin' for another ride.

Watched the country grow, from Oregon to New York State,
But that was back before I got too old to hop a freight.
And I never found the time to settle down.
I loved a girl once in Middletown, but she just wouldn't wait.


I can't hope the boxcars like I did in my day,
But the train stopped runnin' through here years ago, anyway.
Ya know, there's no more Erie-Lackawanna Line.
So I just sit in this ole shack o'mine, and ride away.

Cause I still feel....
And I still hear...
And I still look for...
I'm still lookin'...
(Repeat last CHORUS and out.)


from Recurring Dreams, released May 11, 2017
Vocals, guitar, and bass - Bill Pfleging
Pedal Steel - Kevin Engbretsen
Harmonica - Jeff Crookall


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Bill 'Jambavan' Pfleging Woodstock, New York

Bill has been a singer/songwriter since the early 1970's. He plays and sings his original songs in concert, as well as leading chants for kirtan. Singing ancient Sanskrit mantras over 6,000 years old, his chants have evolved into expressions of universal love. We find peace in the bliss of chant. Music is the vibration of love. Love is all in the Universe. So come sing! We are, indeed, 1.

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