Songs About Trains and The People Inside

by Gregg Standridge

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released April 28, 2011

Music and Lyrics by Gregg Standridge
Except
Santa Fe Bo
Robert Bartlett and Gregg Standridge
Sleeping Dogs
Terry “Buffalo” Ware and Gregg Standridge
Engineered by Brian Eads
Produced by Brian Eads and Gregg Standridge
Recorded at “Three Legged Dog” Studios
Mastered by ZZ at The Gorgon Head
Thanks to Michael McCarty for lending his “Amazing Ears”
Thanks to Chris Babcock for the “Amazing String Arraignment”
Art Work Shelby Stong Becky Feldman Jen Lippoldt
Norman Ok.
2010 2011

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Gregg Standridge Norman, Oklahoma

Gregg Standridge is from Norman Oklahoma. He performs compositions from his own experiences. Standridge has a Masters in Classical Guitar which gives his writing a different twist. The core of his writing might be called folk rock but there are certain aspects of traditional country/bluegrass as well as jazz/blues. Punk funk and ska styles will even permeate his writing. ... more

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Track Name: Destination (Prelude)
D A
All aboard, for your destinations.
Bm G
Everybody get inside.
D A
Our faces show. The joys and heartaches,
G D
that we find, on this ride.
Track Name: My Friend The Train
Capo at 2 “Drop D” 3/4 Country Waltz Feel

D A
My Friend the Train she glides upon steel
A7 D
Prays for the straight line, but turns when she must
D G G/F# G/E
She's never too fast, but always too slow
G/D A D
I hear her calling, my friend the train

When I ride inside, it’s always the same
Whether I'm poor, or rich as a king
I close my eyes, she rocks me to sleep
She doesn't judge me, my friend the train.

G D
Some people don't know, how luck turned their way
E A A/G A/F#
Your born to old money, or born as a slave
A/E D G G/F# G/E
The shackles you wear, are not quite the same
G/D A D
But she will still transport you, my friend the train.

I know you are weary and know you are weak
but keep yourself steady keep moving your feet
there don't you hear her, a crossing the plains
she's coming for us, my friend the train.
A G D
And every ones welcome, on my friend the train.
Track Name: Babylon Frustration
Intro G G G G
G
There was a new moon, hiding in the sky
D G
So he put it on his sleeve for everyone to see.
G
He had a story, not a pretty story.
D
And he whispered it, to all his family.
G
When there was nothing left he drove out to the cliffs and pushed it over
D
Then he lit a match and laid it on the edge.

CHORUS
C D G
Walking down the street one day.
C D G
You could tell something was going on.
C D G
Think I’ll go down to the station,
G D
and wave goodbye to all your Babylon Frustration.
Fill over intro G G G G
And with a head full of redemption and a belly full of pills.
He wrapped up in a blanket and passed out in the hills.
He had a good dream, bathed in normalcy.
And his family was proud and everyone agreed.
That now his story, was such a pretty story.
That they should make a film and sell it on TV
CHORUS
Fill G G D D
And now there’s no moon shining in the sky,
Till it crawled up off his sleeve for everyone to see.
Chorus
Tag
and we can wave goodbye to all your Babylon Frustration. Babylon Frustration
Track Name: The Ascencion
Intro F F/E C C
Verse 1
F C
Sirens were tearing, the silence to pieces.
D/F# G Gsus4 G
And it gave the location, to the scene I would find.
F Am
Dressed in their white robes, like a pack of Christmas angels.
D/F# F F/E C C
Walking behind him, with sweet knowing smiles.

Verse2
Before His ascension, he called to the preacher.
Who had tried to forgive him, for the sins in his life.
Thanks for your efforts, thanks for your kindness.
But as for forgiveness, it comes from inside.

Chorus
Dm Am
The Kingdom of Mystery, it rises above me.
D/F# G Gsus4 G
Could be below me, and on any side.
F Am Am/G
Allah and Jesus, and other fine beings.
D/F# F F/E C C
Are probably weeping, when they look through our eyes.

Keys Solo

Verse 3
White is the color I’ll always remember. When earthly possessions, fall to one side.
He never resisted, there was never a reason. The angels were singing, a song that he’d made.
Chorus
Tag F F/E C C/B Am Am/G
Probably Weeping
Track Name: The Van Dream
4/4 INTRO G G D D Am Am Am C
G D Am
As I recall the dream I had, well it makes me glad
C
I was known by you.
G D Am
We’re driving on a back road way too fast, and the signs we
C
passed, You couldn’t read.

SOLO over INTRO

Now the curve awaits ahead, and the guard rail posts, Fall like drunken Irishmen.
I don’t know why I do but I cross my self.
I’m not Catholic, but it seems the thing to do.
G D Am
You’re all I see when I ride with you.
G D Am C
You’re all I see when I close my eyes, You’re all I see.

SOLO over verse

The old dodge van it slowly tumbles down, and I talk with you, ‘cause we never hit the ground. I get my chance to say how much you meant to me, and I’m finally free.

You’re all I see when I ride with you.
You’re all I see when I close my eyes, You’re all I see.
TAG
Track Name: Yellow Page
Intro C C/B Am Am/G D D/C G/B D/A

Verse 1 G Em C
I think I’ll write each word upon a yellow page, then I’ll take them to your house
Am D G
and slide them one by one, beneath your door and let you put them in an order that would
Em
best explain, how my heart has been
C C/B Am Am/G D D/C G/B D/A
completely captured by you.

Verse 2
The other day I drew some letters with my hands and I cut them out dipped them in some golden ink, and quickly tossed them in a frame upon a wall that you’ve been known to pass hoping they would show how much that I adore you.

Chorus C D G C D G
My words they always fail to mention. A way to grab your attention.
C D G
But I’ll keep spinning them until I’m old and gray.
C C/B Am Am/G D D/C G/B D/A
Hope they find you.

Solo

Verse 3
It was this morning walking on my secret path, that I noticed all the words and letters carved upon the trunks of all the trees and written on the leaves and when I read each one. I discovered that my words had finally found you.

Chorus
Tag
Track Name: Sleeping Dogs
Capo 2
Intro Am Am Am Am
Verse 1 Am C
Sleeping dogs, buzzing flies, the air thick and sweet,
Am C
Cracks in the sidewalk, weeds in the yard, getting rolled by the heat.
G Am G Am G Am
Static on the radio. Coffee cooking on the stove Got to get the rattle back in my bones.


Verse 2
Looking out my open window, I don’t see nothing move.
Wishing I could feel he wind blow, Wish I had a clue.
I hear that lonely beat. Echo in the street. Got to get the shuffle back in my feet.

Solo

Bridge D F Am
I need to feel the way I do when the night grows long.
D F E Am Am
Steal away, reel and sway, until the dawn.

Verse 3
The lights from town are creeping down, brighter than before.
And I ain’t gonna settle down, till I walk out that door.
The music will ring true. Out on the avenue. I know that rhythm’s gonna get me through.
Track Name: Clyde
4/4 INTRO G G C D 2x’s
G C D G C D
Clyde don’t sleep so he works in his garden.
G C D G C D
He plant things deep and he dig ‘em up tomorrow.
G C D
He take the medication, he take it just right so
G C D
Clyde won’t twist and die in the moonlight.

(DOOM RIFF! )
C D
His soul is good and his back is strong.
C D
But the neighborhood kids know there’s something very wrong.

When night time comes he breaks out the drop lights.
Clyde won’t let the darkness kill his one delight.
He spread the gravel he tote the bail.
He give away the puppies no they’re not for sale.

His soul is good and his back is strong
But the neighborhood kids know there’s something very wrong.
G C D
Clyde don’t sleep and the doctors don’t know what to say.
G C D
Clyde don’t sleep so he’ll be there till his dying day.
G C D G
Clyde don’t sleep so he’ll be there till his dying day.
Track Name: White Rain
Verse 1
I stood ‘neeth my ceiling and gathered my shoeboxes.
The ones I keep my demons in.
Then I went a looking for holy avengers, that would take them all off of my hands.

Verse 2
I came to a clearing with dark handsome women,
Wearing their soft buckskin gowns.
Their long white veils couldn’t hide their contentment as they pointed to the clouds on the hills.

Chorus
White Rain, pours from the heavens, washes the dirt off your hands.
White Rain, stand and receive it ‘cause it might not be back for a while.

Verse 3
After the deluge I looked for my shoeboxes,
but they had dissolved on the ground.
The demons were haunted by the sight of these women and they ran like the wind.

Chorus
Track Name: Rocketship
Intro
Bm/C G Bm/C G

Verse
Bm/C G
In a rocket ship she flies, high above the dark clad gentlemen who’s arms reach out to
gather.
Bm/C G
Her instrumenst survey, the crowded ground along the interstate where the cops have stretched their yellow tape
Bm/C G
She doesn’t know his name, as she searches for her lovers kiss but he’s dressed in black like all the rest.
Bm/C G
She does this all the time, as she puts on her protective suit and wades into the sea of fools.

Solo Em G Em G

Bm/C G
In the morning she will find, that the light of day is closing in.
Bm/C G
The cops they clear a path as she rushes to her rocket ship and takes her suit back off again.

Solo Em G Em G

Bm/C G C G C
In a rocket ship she flies, searching for another interstate where dark clad men… will
G C G
always wait.
Track Name: Santa Fe Bo
Intro C F# G E A 7 D7 G7 G7
Verse E7 A7 D7 G7
This here’s the story ‘bout Sante Fe Bo. Old stray dog I used to know
E7 A7 D7 G7
He’s always ready to ride those rails, while other dogs just chase their tails
C F# G E A 7 D7
Got no worries, got no cares, Sante Fe Bob don’t pay no fairs
E7 A7 D7 B7
He heard the cattle from pen to car, and in the morning hop a train.
C F# G E A 7 D7 G7 G7
The brakeman saw him in San Antone’ conductor saw him last in Santa Fe.

Solo over Intro
One day through town came a boxcar of sheep. Santa Fe Bo jumped to his feet.
Always eager to ply his trade. Fell beneath the wheel and lost his leg.
But he’s got no worries got no cares. Santa Fe Bo he don’t despair.
Even though he may have lost his step. The trains keep calling him to ride.
The brakeman saw him in San Antone’ conductor saw him last in Santa Fe. Aww Bo!

Solo over Verse

Then one day came Heavens train, And ole Bo was on his way.
A brass casket is his box car now. Riding deep beneath the rails.
But he’s got no worries, got no cares, Santa Fe Bo is always there.
All the rail road men from far and wide, tend his grave when they go by.
When you hear that whistle blow, You can hear Santa Fe Bo
The brakeman saw him in San Antone’ conductor saw him last in Santa Fe.
Track Name: Varadaman
Capo 2
Intro Am C D

Vesre 1 Am C D Am C D Am C D Am C D
His Mo---------------ther’s a horse. And he clings-------------- to her mane.
Am C D Am C D Am C D Am C D
And they ride above us all, on the ridge line to the east.
Am C D Am C D Am C D Am C D
My mo-------------ther’s a fish. And she swims in a cold green pond.
Am C D Am C D Am C D Am C D
And she chases all the minnows in the place where she belongs.

Bridge G G G G Am C D Am C D

Verse 2
My Sis-------ter never knew, the darkness of her man.
And her ten dollar redemption has gone through daddy’s hands.
My da-----ddy never cared, for help from anyone.
Now he’s got himself a new gal, and a brand new box of songs.

Bridge
Solo

Verse 3
My bro-------ther builds, better than any man can.
And that box he made was perfect, but there’s no one there inside.
Yeah, that box he made was perfect, but there’s no one there inside.

Bridge
Track Name: Reds Across the Sea
Capo 5
Intro C C C C

Verse 1 C G Am Am/G F
There’s this king that I’ve heard about, in a tower white as snow.
C G Am Am/G F
And he likes to use some holy words, if they’re fitting to his cause.
C C#dim Dm F
I don’t really know, but it seems that he could find some words to stop this little war.
C C C C

Verse 2
There’s this little boy I’ve come to know, and he thinks that i’d be cool.
To go off and fight this enemy, that has treated us so cool.
There’s something very wrong, when the children of the world just want to kill each other off.

C C C C

Solo

Verse 3
I remember when the Reds across the sea, were as evil as anyone could be.
Turns out they were just like you and me. Who taught me this belief?
And so it comes again, another generation learns to hate some folks they’ve never met.
Track Name: Slow Learner
Intro Riff in D
Verse
D G
I have never been an emotional Genius.
D G
I have never learned to dance like little kids without a care.
D G
I’ve cared, but what I cared about was useless.
D G
I could never get beyond the pretty objects on the shelf.
Chorus
Asus2 G Asus2 G
Slow Learner, such a slow Learner.
I see that many things I learned were rotten.
But like Eddie says I got to chose where some folks never could.
I day dream of how I could go back and fix it.
But my fixing tends to generate the need for more fixes.
Slow Learner such a slow Learner.

Solo G G G G D D D D G G G G D D D D A A G G Intro Riff

I’ve burned the starter down to ashes,
As I sit and turn the key again and again.
Now I’m unbuckling this safety harness
Of this time machine I find myself strapped to.
Slow Learner, such a slow Learner
Bridge
Asus2 G
I’m slow, I’m slow, I know it’s true. It’s took me years to tie these shoes.
Asus2 G
And when I think I have the plan, it’s time to start over again.
Asus2 G
Such a slow Learner.
Track Name: The River Song
Intro G
Verse 1
G C G
Have you taken any water? It would surely do you well.
G C G
Mind the birds they are forsaken. But they promised not to tell.
G C G
And I know there is a river and it feeds from way up high.
G C G
Water colder than the Heaven, that you feared most of your life.

Chorus
D D/F# C G
It’s waiting there a place that hides behind your eyes.
D D/F# C G
A brush will flow and paint the river ‘neath the sky.

Verse 2

Well the Bicycles are flowing down the grassy river side.
And the kids they look for treasure, that no one thinks to hide.
And the dogs defend the backyard, till the old man calls them down.
While the lady in the garden, lifts a smile up to the sky.

Chorus

Verse 3

Now a boy looks cross the river, at a girl who shines so bright.
And he wades out to the middle, where he’s spent most of his life.
While the girl swims out to meet him, and he takes her by the hand.
And they kiss for their tomorrows, as the water makes them strong.
Track Name: Train Over You
4/4 INTRO Am Am Am Am
Am
Well you took me too the station, when I was ten years old.
Dm Am
Yeah you took me too the station, when I was ten years old.
E Am
You said pick yourself a fast one, because you got to go.

Well the sun burns on the rails here, the whistle screams out all your lies.
Yeah the sun burns on the rails here, the whistle screams out all your lies
And I think about my brother, I spit your name out as I cry.
SOLO over VERSE

Bet your dancing with your new man, and drinking fine liquor too.
Bet your dancing with your new man, and drinking fine liquor too.
If my daddy was still living, he'd drive this train right over you.

Know I don't know where I'm going, I only know just where I been.
Know I don't know where I'm going, I only know just where I been.
But you watch yourself now mama, I might be back this way again.
SOLO over VERSE