By Tony Attwood with very many thanks to Tim Johnson
On our listing of Dylan songs we have a piece called “Ride this train”. That is a 1986 song, and I’ve dropped the recording in at the end of this piece, which came at the same time as the wonderful “To fall in love with you”.
That song was noted by Untold a while back, but when I wrote that little piece I missed another song, “Riding on the train.” However Tim Johnson has picked me up on this, and sent me a recording of “Riding on the train” – and persevered with me even when I then didn’t reply, and kept on until finally I did wake up and get my house in order. As a result thanks to his endevours, we do have another song, which is not “Ride this train” (and which is also not Riding on Train 45 which is not a Dylan song at all) but which turns out to be a different song.
The two gigs at which the song was played were both in Sydney on concurrent days, 12 February and 13 February 1986, by Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. BobDylan.com agrees on the dates but carries no detail.
But Tim Johnson has gone even further by having a bash at the lyrics
Riding on the train
...... I'll tell ya I swear I can be there and yeah I can be there I'll tell ya on the beat all night mama till you reach the top one more mama (I'll take care of you} on the train of pain on the train of pain (oh so) I saw her I see high (her) I see riding ahaa...I see ... on the feeling one more time baby keep on riding one more time baby cause you're riding on the train the train of pain riding on the train the train of pain riding on the train the train of pain aaah riding on the train on the train of pain riding on the train riding the track (train) one last… mama can you come on back ......tell you all the time on the train riding on the train of pain aaah
So we have one more song giving us 622 songs on the complete alphabetical listing.
Very many thanks to Tim for not only noticing this song but also persevering with me after I lost the first email!
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