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  • In the sapling years
  • Of the post war world in
  • An English market town
  • I do believe we traveleed
  • In schoolboy blue
  • The cap upon the crown
  • And books on knee
  • Our faces pressed against the
  • Dusty railway carriage panes
  • As all our lives went rolling
  • On the clicking wheels of trains
  • The school years passed
  • Like eternity and at last were left behind
  • And it seemed the city was calling
  • Me to see what I might find
  • Almost grown I stood before
  • Horizons made of dreams
  • I think I stole a kiss or two While
  • Rolling on the clicking wheels of trains
  • Trains all our lives were
  • A whistle stop affair
  • No ties or chains
  • Throwing words like fireworks in the air
  • Not much remains
  • A photograph in your memory
  • Through the colored lens of time
  • All our lives were just a smudge of
  • Smoke against the sky
  • The silver rails spread
  • Far and wide through
  • The nineteenth century
  • Some straight and true
  • Soome serpentine from the cities to the sea
  • And out of sight of those who
  • Rode in style there worked the military mind
  • On through the night
  • To plot and chart
  • The twisting paths of trains
  • On the day they buried Jean Juarez
  • World War One broke free
  • Like an angry river overflowing
  • Its banks impatiently
  • While mile on mile
  • The soldiers filled the railway
  • Stations arteries and veins
  • I see them now go laughing on
  • The clicking wheels of trains
  • Trains rolling off to the front
  • Acorss the narrow Russian gauge
  • Weeks turn into months
  • And the enthusiasm wains
  • Sacrifices in seas of mud
  • And still you don't know why
  • All their lives are just a puff of
  • Smoke aginst the sky
  • Then came surrender
  • Then came the peace
  • Then revolution out of the east
  • Then came the crash
  • Then came the tears
  • Then came the thirties
  • The nightmare years
  • Then came the same thing
  • Over again
  • Mad as the moon
  • That watches over the plain
  • Driven insane
  • But oh what kind of trains
  • Are these that I never saw before
  • Snatching up the refugees from
  • The ghettoes of the war
  • To stand confused
  • With all their worldly goods
  • Beneath the watching guard's disdain
  • As young and old go rolling on
  • The clicking wheels of trains
  • And the driver only does this job
  • With vodka in his coat
  • And he turns around and
  • He makes a sign
  • With his hand across his throat
  • For days on end through sun and snow
  • The destination still remains the same
  • For those who ride with death
  • Above the clicking wheels of trains
  • Trains what became
  • Of the innocence they hand in childhood games
  • Painted red or blue
  • When I was young they all had names
  • Who'll remember the ones
  • WHo only rode in them to die
  • All their lives are just a smudge of
  • Smoke against the sky
  • Now forty years have come and gone
  • And I'm far away from there
  • And I ride the Amtrak from
  • NewYork City to Philadelphia
  • Now there's a man
  • To bring you food and drink and
  • SOmetimes passengers exchange
  • A smile or two while rolling on
  • The humming wheels
  • But I can't tell you if it's them or if it's only me
  • But I believe when they look outside
  • They don't see what I see
  • Over there beyond the trees
  • It seems that I can just make out
  • The stained fields of Poland
  • Calling out to all
  • The passing trains
  • Trains I suppose there's nothing
  • In this life remains the same
  • Everything is goverened
  • By the losses and the gains
  • Still sometimes I get caught up
  • In the past I can't say why
  • All our lives are just a smudge of smoke
  • Or just a breath of wind
  • Against the sky
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