Coal Black Train

by Mississippi Rail Company

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The debut album, "Coal Black Train," recorded deep in the swamps of Maurice, Louisiana retells the ghost stories, love songs, and murder ballads of the American South.

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released 14 April 2012

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Track Name: Six Feet in the Ground
I'm going to have a hard time killin' you
A hard time killin' you
Hush pretty mama don't you say a word
Don't you say a word

'Cause I'm going to take my .45
And shoot you right between the eyes
Going to lay your body down
Six feet in the ground
Six feet in the ground

Send my bloodhounds, hunt your lover down
Hunt your lover down
Listen boy, there's trouble at your door
Trouble at your door

'Cause I'm going to take my .45
And shoot you right between the eyes
Going to lay your body down
Six feet in the ground
Six feet in the ground

What you say your life is worth?
A sack full of pennies and a bag of dirt
Caught you with your back door man
And you won't see him again
No, you won't see him again

Give me cocaine, give me whiskey dry
Give me whiskey dry
Got to catch that train to Chicago
Train to Chicago

'Cause I'm going to take my .45
And shoot you right between the eyes
Going to lay your body down
Six feet in the ground
Six feet in the ground
Six feet in the ground
Six feet in the ground
Track Name: Dear Annabelle
Well I went to the doctor and I asked for some help
My broken heart ain't healing right, and I can't help myself
From loving someone who don't love me, like they used to
Oh doctor, doctor what can I do?

Well I went to the bookstore and I gazed at the shelf
But they don't make a book to get me started loving someone else
Oh I got picture books and almanacs but I can't get my baby back
Oh tell me what can I do?

A wise man once told me I don't need anyone
As an honest man I tell you I agree
I'm going through my anyones and it seems to be
That there's only one baby for me

Well I went to the movies, went to see a picture show
I bought myself a small popcorn, 'cause honey don't you know
I've got to give myself a little lift when I'm feeling blue
Oh baby, I don't want to love you
Oh baby, I don't want to love you
Oh baby, I don't want to love you
Track Name: The Best Goodbye
Well I work hard from dusk to dawn
I've got no debts to pay
No I don't, no I don't
If I give you one more chance
You'll squander it away
Yes you will, yes you will
So I'll pack my things and head on down the road
Who knows where I'll be when the rooster crows
I'll think I'm heading down to New Orleans
And that's the best goodbye you'll get from me

I won't be home for summer
And I won't be home for fall
No I won't, no I won't
Don't make me any supper
Won't be coming home at all
No I won't, no I won't
Well the wind is blowing west and that's a sign
I've got to get the hell on with my life
See your laundry hanging on the peach tree
And that's the best goodbye you'll get from me

Drinking heal your problems
Drinking won't heal mine
No it won't, no it won't
Time will heal your wounds
Time won't heal mine
No it won't, no it won't
Well time has come for me to go away
I'm not going to spend another
Living someplace I don't want to be
And that's the best goodbye you'll get from me
That's the best goodbye you'll get from me
That's the best goodbye you're goin' to get from me
Track Name: One More Cigarette
I see you in the cabaret, nursing your Sazerac
Fingers twirling in your hair, my eyes meet in your stare
Whisper softly in my ear, tell me all your fantasies
Make me tremble to the bone, let you mind lose control

Lead my hand up your dress
Leave your lipstick on my neck
Let me feel what's inside

Every night you cross my mind with memories from our love affair
I miss your soft and gentle touch, I miss your kisses very much
Meet me in the Roosevelt for a midnight rendezvous
I walk through clouds of sweet perfume, while you lie naked in my room

Make your move, nice and slow
From the mattress to the floor
Eden waits for you and I

Ring around the apple tree
One more time before you leave
I am begging darling please
Smoke one more cigarette
Then darling back to bed
'Cause I ain't finished with you yet

Say my name like you want me girl
Say my name like you need me
Don't you make me ask you twice
You play naughty, I'll play nice

Tie my hands to the post
Let me know you love me most
Eden waits for you and I

Ring around the apple tree
One more time before you leave
I am begging darling please
Smoke one more cigarette
Then darling back to bed
'Cause I ain't finished with you yet
Track Name: Mojo Hand
I am a man on the run
My mojo ain't no match for a jealous man's gun
Ain't no tellin' when, my good luck will end
You can bury me with my mojo hand

I got something that you don't
Something that will make your woman moan
You might be her man, but when that back door slam
You'll know it was my mojo hand

All these women can't resist
My sweet lovin' can't be missed
Searching far across this land
Everybody wants my mojo hand

If your woman is on my mind
It won't be long before she's mine
Ain't nothing you can do, even Johnny Conkaroo
Wishes he had my mojo hand

All these women can't resist
My sweet lovin' can't be missed
Searching car across this land
Everybody wants my mojo hand

I am a man on the run
My mojo ain't no match for a jealous man's gun
Ain't no tellin' when my good luck will end
You can bury me with my
You can bury me with my
You can bury me with my mojo hand
Track Name: Can I Be Your Husband?
Can I be your husband, can I be your man?
Can I be your husband, can I be your man?
Can I be your husband, be your man?
Be the one who holds your hand?
Can I be your husband, be your man?

Girl, I love you in the morning, love you at night
Girl, I love you in the morning, love you at night
Girl, I love you in the morning, love you at night
Love you good and love you right
Love you in the morning, love you at night

I want you to be my lover
I want you to be my wife
No man going to treat you, like I treat you
No man going to love you, like I do

Bring you eggs from the kitchen, flowers from the yard
Bring you eggs from the kitchen, flowers from the yard
Bring you eggs from the kitchen, flowers from the yard
Mama don't worry your mind at all
Bring you eggs from the kitchen, flowers from the yard

I want you to be my lover
I want you to be my wife
No man going to treat you, like I treat you
No man going to love you, like I do

Can I be your husband, can I be your man?
Can I be your husband, can I be your man?
Can I be your husband, be your man?
Be the one who holds your hand?
Can I be your husband, be your man?
Can I be your husband, be your man?
Can I be your husband, be your man?
Track Name: Kill the Devil
Well it came five years back down to the day
Wasn't looking for trouble or any hell to pay
Rode his horse real tall like a man of his word
Didn't care to speak but he needed to be heard
A god damn sinner, redeemed beginner
Looking in the mirror for words
But he only saw his eyes, and he wouldn't compromise
It was the devil in his head that he heard

He said I don't want trouble got enough on my own
Shut up and sit down I've got some sins to atone
Around these parts you got a way into hell
Better calm down there's things I can't tell
Dammit boy listen, I'm pretty persistent
I could see his face was turning red
What I need is a good route please
I'm going to shoot the devil dead

Everybody grab your girl and bring her closer
Everybody raise your glass and raise it high
Johnny's on his way right now to kill the devil
So you better get your sinnin' done tonight

Johnny walked down to the gates of hell
Heard the demons scream and he knew them well
Walked right up to the devil himself
Was a big strong man didn't need any help
What do you want with these broken men
And their broken lives and their broken land?
I'm not a man of God but I damn do intend
To settle the score tonight

And the lights went out and the flames came up
And Johnny was alone in the world
Johnny was quick but he wasn't quick enough
He died with his fingers curled
It's nights like this with a warm group of friends
We remember Johnny and his fight to no end
A man who stands always knows where lands
God damn I can drink to that

Everybody grab your girl and bring her closer
Everybody raise your glass and raise it high
Johnny's on his way right now to kill the devil
So you better get your sinnin' done tonight

Everybody grab your girl and bring her closer
Everybody raise your glass and raise it high
Johnny's on his way right now to kill the devil
So you better get your sinnin' done tonight

Oh Lord, don't you hear my cry
'Cause the devil's on his way tonight
Oh Lord, don't you hear my cry
'Cause the devil's on his way tonight
Oh Lord, don't you hear my cry
'Cause the devil's on his way tonight
Oh Lord, don't you hear my cry
'Cause the devil's on his way tonight
Track Name: Whiskey Drink
Sure feels good to drink again
Got that bottle in my hand
Sweet like sugar in my vein
Sure goes well with some good cocaine

Just one drop is all I need
Just one drop will poison me
Take my money, my jellyroll
Take my body and my soul

I'm going to drink 'til the still runs dry
Drink that whiskey day and night
When I'm down take me out
I want to know what it means to be down and out

Just one drop is all I need
Just one drop will poison me
Take my money, my jellyroll
Take my body and my soul
I don't care what you think
I love my whiskey drink
I love my whiskey drink

Just one drop is all I need
Just one drop will poison me
Take my money, my jellyroll
Take my body and my soul
I don't care what you think
I love my whiskey drink
I love my whiskey drink
I love my whiskey drink
I love my whiskey drink
Track Name: No More
You think you're sweet, you think you're nice
But woman you treat me so unkind
Quit your knockin', quit your knockin' on my door

You come home late, every night
With your lipstick smeared, baby, that ain't right
Quit your knockin' quit your knockin' on my door

Maybe you're with some other guy
'Cause you never pay me no mind
I ain't going to take this no more
No more, more, more

You took my love, you took my life
You stabbed it with a butcher's knife
Quit your knockin', quit your knockin' on my door

You say you've changed, you say you've grown
Mama, you reap just what you sow
Quit your knockin', quit you knockin' on my door

Maybe you're with some other guy
'Cause you never pay me no mind
I ain't going to take this no more
No more, more, more

No more, no more
You can keep knockin' on my front door
But I ain't going to let you, I ain't going to let you in
No more
(2x)

Don't you waste your time
I ain't going to come outside
Woman you had your chance before
I ain't going to be your man no more

No more, no more
You can keep knockin' on my front door
But I ain't going to let you, I ain't going to let you in
No more
(3x)
Track Name: Coal Black Train
Jenny crashed her '82 Chevrolet
Left the body lying in the road
She never looked back, she never looked back
Now, now, now
She's going where no one knows her name

Billy didn't keep photographs on the wall
Never had any women on his mind
Left the steel mill just to
Ride, ride, ride
Just to hear that lonesome whistle blow

Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride

Ray was born in a highway 10 motel
Mother didn't pay him any mind
He saw the smokestack, he done and chased it
Down, down, down
Now everybody knows his name

Susan couldn't hide the bruises anymore
Couldn't wipe the blood stains off her clothes
Took her little child, took a little while to
Cry, cry, cry
That mean old man going to burn in hell

Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride

Johnny was a little boy he used to cry himself to sleep
Wishing he was never born at all
There's something better than
There's something bigger than the life I'm living
Now he forever rides the rail

Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride

Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride that coal black train
Going to ride, going to ride
Track Name: Goodbye, Carolina
It's five A.M. at the whistle stop
My eyes are bloodshot red
But it sure takes lots of alcohol
To leave your wife and kids

When I cross that borderline
And burn through one more jack
Never will I entertain the
Thought of coming back

Goodbye, Carolina
I hope that you forget
The man whose name you say in vain
The man who's on your mind

I pray the Lord will spare my time
To walk His earthly realm
For when I die eternity
Will sure be spent in hell

Goodbye, Carolina
I hope you can forget
The man whose name you say in vain
The man who's on your mind

Goodbye, Carolina
I hope that you forget
The man whose name you say in vain
The man who's on your mind
The man who's on your mind
The man who's on your mind