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Levon Helm - A Train Robbery Lyrics

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  • The foreman touched the cold steel lines
  • The rail bed was frozen with ice
  • In the distance an engine was keeping good time
  • The steam whistle moaned just twice
  • Down in the cut past the old Tressel bridge
  • Twelve fine horses stood
  • Masked men shivered in the cold on the ridge
  • Not far from the Glendale woods
  • The brass lamp shone from the swaying train
  • When the driver saw the red light
  • Her iron brakes sparked like silver rain
  • And the metals screamed through the night
  • The baggage man peered out to look for the fault
  • When fear froze up his heart
  • He was staring down the barrel of an army colt
  • That threatened to tear him apart
  • We will burn your train to cinders
  • So throw the money on down
  • Open up your damned express car
  • And jump down to the ground
  • But we won't touch that old womanand they claimed
  • They ain't offered no reward
  • For Frank and Jesse James
  • Frank and Jesse James
  • In long soldier's coats frayed with the years
  • Quickly they scrambled aboard
  • Men were the sweatin' and the women shed tears
  • And a preacher prayed to the Lord
  • When they opened the safe there was nothing for them
  • So they strode down through the train
  • What a miserable sight these desperate men
  • Robbin' old folks for their gold, watch, chains
  • We will burn your train to cinders
  • So throw the money on down
  • Open up your damned express car
  • And jump down to the ground
  • But we won't touch that old womanand they claimed
  • They ain't offered no reward
  • For Frank and Jesse James
  • Frank and Jesse James
  • Now some say the devil had taken his soul
  • Some say his spirit survived
  • But we all know he was nothin' but a Missouri farm boy
  • Just fighting to stay alive
  • High above that railroad bed
  • On a ridge where the pines grow tall
  • If you listen to the wind, there's a ghost of a chance
  • You can still hear old Jesse call
  • We will burn your train to cinders
  • So throw the money on down
  • Open up your damned express car
  • And jump down to the ground
  • But we won't touch that old womanand they claimed
  • They ain't offered no reward
  • For Frank and Jesse James
  • For Frank and Jesse James

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