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Rank this week: 71 (↓5)
Duration: 2:52 
Release Date: 1956  (CapSuper) 
Lyrics By: Chuck Berry (sav-man) 
Music By: Chuck Berry (sav-man) 
Produced By: Leonard & Phil Chess (sav-man) 
Released By: Chess Records (sav-man) 
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  • From the 1957 album AFTER SCHOOL SESSION. (sav-man)
  • Great song done in train-style rhythm. Features Willie Dixon on bass. (sav-man)
  • B-side of his third single (CapSuper)
  • Song Lyrics:
    A stranger lying on a bar room floor
    Had drank so much he could drink no more,
    So he fell asleep with a troubled brain
    To dream that he rode on that downbound train.

    The engine with blood was sweaty and damp
    And brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp,
    And imps for fuel was shoveling bones
    While the furnace rang with a thousand groans.

    The boiler was filled with lots of beer
    The devil himself was the engineer,
    The passengers were most a motley crew,
    Some were foreigners and others he knew.
    Rich men and lost beggars in rags
    Handsome young ladies and wicked old hags.

    As the train rushed on at a terrible pace
    Sulphuric fumes scorched their hands and face,
    Wider and wider the country grew
    Faster and faster the engine flew,
    Louder and louder the thunder crashed
    Brighter and brighter the lightning flashed,

    Hotter and hotter the air became
    Till their clothes were burned with each quivering refrain.
    Then out of the din there came a yell
    Ha ha, said the devil, we're nearing home,

    Oh, how the passengers shrieked with pain
    They go to Satan with this downbound train.

    The stranger awoke with an anguished cry
    His clothes wet with sweat and his hair standing high,
    He fell on his knees on the barroom floor
    And prayed a prayer like never before.

    And the prayers and vows were not in vain
    For he never rode that downbound train.
    (I B Emerson)
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