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Elvis Presley Mystery Train Lyrics

Last updated: 08/27/2012 10:56:53 AM

(words & music by H. Parker - S. Philips)
Train arrived, sixteen coaches long
Train arrived, sixteen coaches long
Well that long black train got my baby and gone

Train train, coming 'round, 'round the bend
Train train, coming 'round the bend
Well it took my baby, but it never will again (no, not again)

Train train, coming down, down the line
Train train, coming down the line
Well it's bringin' my baby, 'cause she's mine all, all mine
(She's mine, all, all mine)

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mystery train | Reviewer: van johnson | 8/27/12

elvis is saying ' train i ride' not 'train arrived'
he is saying thats the train he rides that took his baby and brought her back , just remember its ' train i ride ' Not ' train arrived'

It's "Train arrived", not "Train I Ride", which makes no sense. | Reviewer: Tor Deforest | 12/20/10

The following lines can be found in the Carter Family's "Worried Man Blues", their biggest selling record of 1930:

"The train arrived sixteen coaches long, The train arrived sixteen coaches long. The girl I love is on that train and gone."

The Carter Family wrote these lyrics 24 years before Junior Parker and Sam Phillips claimed to have written them.

The song is saying that the train arrived, his baby took the train and left him, then the train came back and brought his baby back, and it will never take her away again. Nowhere does the song's story line even suggest that the singer ever rides the train. "Train I ride" makes no sense and it was originally written "Train arrived", which does make sense. When you listen to the Elvis version it is impossible to tell whether he is saying "Train I ride" or Train arrived". I would love to get my hands on the original notes that Sam Phillips wrote to see if he actually wrote "Train arrived" or Train I ride". Just because a bunch of websites show it as "Train I ride" doesn't make it so. In fact, many, many bands that play Mystery Train use "Train arrived", for example, The Band, The Door and the Stray Cats, just to name a few.