Original Song – “Ridin’ That Train”

Ridin’ That Train is a short, simple little song that reflects on the struggles we all go through in life.  Life can be difficult and unfair – and often we don’t have insight as to where we’re going, how we’ll get there, or how long the journey will take to finally reach our destination – if we ever reach it.  The singer laments his struggles, and his present situation, while drawing a parallel between the journey we call ‘life’ and a long distance trip by train.  Despite the miles of track ahead, the tediousness of the journey, the open-ended time frame, and the lack of a known destination – the singer realizes there’s value hidden in the journey that’s worth ridin’ for: “Been times I want to get off, Don’t want to ride no more, But then it seems to me there’s, Something worth ridin’ for…”

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I recorded my original song “Ridin’ That Train” in four takes as demos on Set 16 in 1997, and they complete the set. The song compares our journey through life to traveling by train, “You know I’ve been up, You know I’ve been down, And from time to time you know, That I’ve been kicked around…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(As with all of my early songs during which I worked with my friend Gordon Olvera, I’ve shared the copyright with him for trying to give voice to my songs.  Also, emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide.)

"Ridin' That Train" - "Faces In The Crowd", Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Ridin’ That Train

“Faces In The Crowd”, Collected Works Volume I, Copyright 1990, Gordon Olvera/Mark Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

      G

You know I’ve been up

      D

You know I’ve been down

C

And from time to time you know

       G                     D

That I’ve been kicked around

G

Life’s not always easy

D

Life’s not always fair

C

But it seems to me my life’s

      G      D

Not going anywhere

               G

’cause I’m riding that train

       C                    F

That train that I call life

                  G

And there’s no turning back

       C                        F

Just miles and miles of track

           Am       G

I don’t need no reservation

F                     C               G

Don’t know my destination home

F        G

Home, home

Verse Two:

        G

Been times I want to get off

         D

Don’t want to ride no more

      C

But then it seems to me there’s

                G               D

Something worth ridin’ for

        G

Can’t say how long this ride is

        D

Can’t say how long it lasts

  C

I know there’ll come a day when this

     G                      D

Old train stops in its tracks

            G

And I’m ridin’ this old train

     C                     F

I’m ridin’ down that line

           G

‘gonna ride it to the end

      C            F

Got plenty of time

           Am       G

I don’t need no reservation

F                     C              G

Don’t know my destination home

F        G

Home, home

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3 thoughts on “Original Song – “Ridin’ That Train”

  1. Again Mark a song that will play through my head over and over on what I call MLG2 (Mark Loves God 2) Radio. I love that channel more than any of the others, I do play some other Christian songs on your channel mostly Newsboys, Mercy Me & Luminate.

    This is beautiful and reminds me of a song I wrote many, many years ago. If I can find all of my copy-written compilations I will share it with you.

    Until then, God Bless & Keep the music coming when you are not busy on your children’s books. I will be looking forward to buying a few of those for my grandson. 🙂

    With Love in Christ,
    Jade

  2. Jade,

    I’m spending a lot of time behind the scenes writing, which only gives me time to post a song or two each week. I wish I could post a song every day, but I have to prioritize the limited time I have available. I have binders of songs around my desk and one day I’ll finally post them all, but in the meantime the enjoyment you’re receiving from my songs gladdens my heart! The fact you named your ‘radio station’ after my love of God is an honor, privilege and a blessing to me – and to the work I’m doing here on this blog – thank you so much! ♥ 🙂

    In Christ’s love,

    Mark

    • Sweet & Blessed Mark,

      I understand the behind the scenes writing. For me it is trying to fulfill my commitments my family as well as to both LIVESTRONG & Imerman Angels, I am a Mentor Angel.

      I am happy that you liked my ‘Radio Station’s’ call letters & meaning. I liked it so that is what plays in my brain when I am resting, even when I am trying to do things right on this ‘smartphone’. LOL, I think it is smarter than I am. 🙂 ❤

      Sending *HUGS* & Love in Christ,
      Jade

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