Little black train – Kleine zwarte trein

Little Black Train – Kleine Zwarte Trein – Woodrow (Woody) Wilson Guthrie (geboren op 14 juli 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma, Verenigde Staten van Amerika, overleden op 3 oktober 1967 in New York City, New York, Verenigde Staten van Amerika) schreef dit gedicht in 1944.

There’s a little black train a-comin’
Comin’ down the track;
You gotta ride that little black train,
But it ain’t a gonna bring you back.

You may be a bar-room gambler
And cheat your way through life;
You can’t cheat that little black train
Or beat this final ride.

You silken bar-room ladies,
Dressed in your worldly pride;
You’ve gotta ride that little black train
That’s comin’ in the night.

Your million dollar fortune,
Your mansion glittering white;
You can’t take it with you
When the train moves in the night.

Get ready for your savior,
And fix your business right;
You’ve got to ride that little black train
That makes this final ride.

You silken bar-room ladies,
Dressed in your worldly pride;
You’ve gotta ride that little black train
That’s comin’ in the night.

You may be a bar-room gambler
And cheat your way through life;
You can’t cheat that little black train
Or beat this final ride.

There’s a little black train a-comin’
Comin’ down the track;
You gotta ride that little black train,
But it ain’t a gonna bring you back.

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