Fixing America In 500 Words Or Less


Chapter 32

Thought it Was a Jet Plane
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Well, I was born south of the river on the wrong side of the railroad tracks
We were all dirt poor and hungry, barely kept a shirt on our backs
I used to lay awake and shiver next to my kin'folk in the winter chill
Listenin’ for that midnight rumble to come roarin’ down the hill

        Thought it was a jet plane, but it was just an ol’ train
        Windin' its way down through history
        Thought I heard a voice say, "better call the right name
        Hop on board for eternity”

Now, here in LA, on the busy freeway, I’m tryin’ my best just to survive
Stuck in the slow lane of a fast-pace city game, Lord I’m lucky to be alive
In the heat of the day out on the truck bay, between unloadin’ them
        whiskey boxes
Someone swears, “there must be more to life than death and taxes"

        Thought it was a jet plane, but it was just an ol’ train
        Windin' its way down through history
        Thought I heard a voice say, “better call the right name
        Hop on board for eternity"

Maybe tomorrow, I'll see what I can borrow, head on back where I was raised
In black earth country where life’s slow an' easy and a new dawn’s somethin’
        to be praised
Guess what we believe or refuse to believe, what's true, in fact, remains
        the same
Win or lose, we all get to choose and in the end there’ll be no one else left
        to blame

        Thought it was a jet plane, but it was just an ol’ train
        Windin' its way down through history
        Thought I heard a voice say, “better call the right name
        Hop on board for eternity"

        Hear what the voice says, call "Jesus"
        Hop on board for eternity *


* Inspired by a Mark Twain story, where he describes how a steamboat seen for the first time coming down the Mississippi River at night, all lighted up spewing fire and smoke, is mistaken for Elijah's chariot.  Also inspired by Sam Cooke:  "...change is gonna come, oh, yes it is."





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Copyright © August 20th, 2003 by Richard Aberdeen.
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