George Thorogood & the Destroyers Hellbound Train (Downbound Train) Lyrics

Half a Boy/Half a Man Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 I don't trust nobody
  • 2 Double Shot
  • 3 99 Days in Jail
  • 4 Half a Boy, Half a Man
  • 5 As Long as I Have You
  • 6 B.I.G.T.I.M.E
  • 7 Be Bop Grandma
  • 8 Nothing New
  • 9 Just Passin' Thru
  • 10 Hellbound Train (Downbound Train)
  • 11 Not Tonight (I Have A Heartache)
  • 12 Grown Up all Wrong
  • A stranger lyin' on a barroom floor
    Had drank so much he could drink no more
    And so he fell asleep with a troubled brain
    To dream that he rode on a hellbound train

    The engine was b_____
    It was sweaty and damp
    And brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp
    An imp for fuel was shovelin' bones
    While a furnace rang with a thousand groans

    The boiler was filled with lager beer
    The devil himself was the engineer
    The passengers were most a motley crew
    Some were foreigners, and others he knew
    Rich men in broadcloth, beggars in rags
    Handsome young ladies and wicked old hags

    As the train rushed on at a terrible pace
    Sulfuric fumes scorched there hands and face
    Wider and wider the country grew
    Faster and faster the engine flew
    Louder and louder the thunder crashed
    Brighter and brighter the lightnin' flashed
    Hotter and hotter the air became
    Til the clothes were burnin' with each quivering flame
    Then out of the distance there came a yell
    "Ha ha," said the devil, "We're nearin' hell!"
    Oh, how the passengers, stricken with pain
    Begged old Satan to stop that train

    The stranger awoke with an anguished cry
    His clothes wet with sweat and his hair standin' high
    He fell to his knees on the barroom floor
    And prayed and prayed like never before

    And the prayers and vows were not in vain
    For he never rode that hellbound train
    Ha ha ha ha ha

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