Mystery Train

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As performed 2008-04-09 on Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...

Train arrive 16 coaches long
Train arrive 16 coaches long
Well that long black train
Got my baby and gone

Train train rolling down the track
Train train rolling down the track
Don't want no ride
Just want my baby back

Got down to the station
I was waitin' at the gate
I asked the station master
If the train is running late
He said "If you're a-waiting
On the 444
I hate to tell you son
That train don't stop here anymore"

Mystery train rolling down the bend
Train train rolling round the bend
Don't want no ride
Want my baby back home again

Train train rolling down the track
Train train rolling down the track
Don't want no ride
Just want my baby
Just want my baby
Just want my baby back
Just want my baby back

Alternate verses performed 2009-08-28, Toronto:

Got down to the station
It was the middle of the night
When I got down to the station
The train was pulling out of sight

Mystery train windows painted red
Mystery train windows painted red
Death black train has
Got my baby and fled

Mystery Train (unreleased cover)
Written byHerman Parker Jr. (Junior Parker) and Sam Phillips
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters (2005)
 - with Emmylou Harris & Larry Campbell (2005)
 - with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings (2005-08-07)
 - with friends (2008-05-28)
 - with The Lovell Sisters (2009-07-08)
EC, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings (2006-02-18)
EC, Larry Campbell, Jim Lauderdale, Jerry Douglas, etc. (2007-04-27)
EC, James Burton, Davey Faragher & Pete Thomas (2008-04-09)
Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello & Robyn Hitchcock (2008-04-09)
Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes (2009-2010)

First known performance:
July 23, 1989, Tokyo, Japan - snippet in medley with Uncomplicated
February 12, 2005, Bristol, UK - first full performance - dedicated to Joe Strummer
Last known performance:
October 3, 2010, San Francisco, CA
     (69 known performances)


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