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long black train


composer
Written by: Richard Hawley


publisher
© Universal Music Publishing Ltd


background
Jim discovered this wonderfully moving lament, from Richard Hawley's 2001 album Late Night Final, when it cropped up on an Alan Yentob BBC documentary about Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan, whose brutal novel The Narrow Road To The Deep North chronicled the experiences of Allied POWs working on the Thailand-Burma Railway in WWII.

An acoustic version was recored by the band in June 2016 and it appeared on their Acoustic album later that year.




lyrics
When the nightingale sings in the deep of the night,
And the robin he sleeps on the wing.
Hear the toll of the bell ringing out all is well,
And the city's golden lights shining on.
Ride the long black train.
Ride the long black train.
It takes us all the black train Take me home black train.

Ride the long black train.
Ride the long black train.
It takes us all the black train.
Take me home black train.

And the shadows we pass turns my soul into glass,
And the streets that I walk are all tamed.
Hear the toll of the bell ringing out all is well,
And the city's golden lights shining on.
Ride the long black train.
Ride the long black train.
It takes us all the black train.
Take me home black train.

And the briar and the rose in the churchyard they grow,
'Neath the clock tower tall all entwined.
And the raven he flies round the oak as she sighs,
And the candles they call out my name.
To ride the long black train.
Ride the long black train.
It takes us all the black train.
Take me home black train.



discography
Acoustic (4:35)
Producer: Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg and Simple Minds
Recorded By: Gavin Goldberg
Mixed By: Gavin Goldberg


Acoustic Promo CD Acoustic Promo International CD Acoustic LP Acoustic CD

Acoustic Live (10th November 2016) (3:19)
Sound Engineer: Olivier Gerard
Audio Mixed By: Olivier Gerard assisted by Rudy Coclet
Mastered By: Alan Ward


Acoustic Promo CD Acoustic Live CD + DVD




videography
Acoustic Live (10th November 2016) (3:19)
Sound Engineer: Olivier Gerard
Audio Mixed By: Olivier Gerard assisted by Rudy Coclet
Mastered By: Alan Ward


Acoustic Live CD + DVD Acoustic In Concert DVD Acoustic In Concert Blu-Ray




live history
Travelling Light: 2016
Acoustic Live: 2017