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TRAIN OF LOVE

(JOHN R. CASH)


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Johnny Cash Makes Triumphant Return To Stage At TNT Taping

Wyclef, Dylan, Springsteen Also Deliver Inspired Tributes

Not surprisingly, just about every performer onstage wore the appropriate color -- black -- for Tuesday (April 6) night' taping of An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom (the show will air on TNT on April 18 at 8 p.m.).

Unfortunately, only a few of those performers could conjure up the dark intensity that the color represents for Cash, whose outlaw image and songs of rebellion have inspired legions of artists in both rock and country, the two genres most represented at the show....

Earlier, the two artists who best captured his spirit both, ironically, submitted their performances on tape -- Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Springsteen, who is on tour in Italy, began by praising Cash for "taking the social consciousness from folk, the sense of humor from country, and the sense of rebellion from rock and roll," then quietly performed -- on just his acoustic guitar -- a solemn version of "Give My Love to Rose," an early song from Cash's Sun Records years.

Dylan likewise chose an early Sun-era Cash song, "Train of Love," which also perfectly fit his current affection for roots music. "Thanks for standing up for me way back when," said Dylan affectionately (referring to the heat Dylan took from fans in the '60s for recording a country album, Nashville Skyline, that featured Cash). His respect for Cash was so evident he not only made the effort to hit notes when he sang, but he even danced a bit of a jig during the guitar solo.

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    Original Johnny Cash lyrics, as reprinted in The Exciting Johnny Cash, West Coast Publications,
    Los Angeles, CA, undated, pp. 28-29.
    © Knox Music, Inc., 1956.


    Train of love's a-comin';
    Big black wheels a-hummin',
    People waitin' at the station,
    Happy hearts are drummin'.
    Train man, tell me maybe,
    Ain't you got my baby?
    Ever' so often ev'rybody's baby gets the urge to roam,
    But ev'rybody's baby but mine's comin' home.
    Now stop your whistle's blowin',
    'Cause I've got ways of knowin',
    You're bringin' other people's lovers
    But my own keeps goin',
    Train of love deceivin',
    When she's not gone she's leavin'.
    Ever' so often ev'rybody's baby gets the urge to roam,
    But ev'rybody's baby but mine's comin' home.
    Train of love, now hasten;
    Sweetheart's standin' waitin'.
    Here and there and ev'rywhere
    There's gonna be embracin'
    Train man, tell me maybe,
    Ain't you got my baby?
    Ever' so often ev'rybody's baby gets the urge to roam,
    But ev'rybody's baby but mine's comin' home.
    Now train of love's a-leavin',
    Leavin' my heart grievin',
    But early or late I sit and wait
    Because I'm still believin'
    We'll walk away together,
    Though I may wait forever.
    Ever' so often ev'rybody's baby gets the urge to roam,
    But ev'rybody's baby but mine's comin' home.


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