March 4th, 2007

hiroshige: foxfires on musashino

'There's a train leaving nightly called When-all-is-said-and-done'

Who'd ever imagine Warren Zevon doing a train song?

So OK, maybe Keep Me in Your Heart for a While isn't *really* a train song, but it feels like one. Not that I know many train songs- City of New Orleans, Drivin' Wheel (didn't know that was The Byrds to start with), Midnight Train to Georgia maybe, and by obvious association, Siam Shade's Sanbun no Ichi no Junjou na Kanjou that closed season whatever of Kenshin. There's something that flashed through my life early on in Japan called Train train (hashitte yuku/ train train doko mademo) that I've never been able to find any more than I can find 'Anata no soba de, kono Tokyo sabaku', and an equally elusive epic fragment from my folksong youth about 'I wish I was the headlight/ on a west-bound train/ I'd shine my light on/ Cool Colorado rain/ I'm goin' where those chilly winds don't blow.' (Many versions about but none the one I heard.) So yeah, I get my train songs where I can find them, and I'll keep the Zevon as a train song just for that one line.