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Sometimes (The Coal Train Song)

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“Sometimes” (also known as “The Coal Train Song”) is Dana’s latest release. It was recorded live on Orcas Island by Bruce Harvie, who also performs on mandolin and string bass. 

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Dana Lyons: Guitar and Vocal
Bruce Harvie: Mandolin and String Bass

Lyrics

SOMETIMES
By Dana Lyons

When you feel the ground a’rumbling
When you hear the great horn sound
The big steel wheels a’grinding
The three lights bearing down
When a sound that once seemed friendly
Now is tearing at your heart
There’s no backing down

Sometimes the people stand up for a reason

When you see the long train coming
And it’s coming to your town
And it’s carrying the poison
In a hundred thousand cars
And you hear your daughter coughing
When it wakes her in the night
There’s no backing down

When you know it drops the value
Of every home in town
When you know the kids with asthma
Jumping rope on the playground
When you know we’re all against it
And our voices do not count
There’s no backing down

Sometimes the people stand up for a reason

When they hit you with the salespitch
While they’re buying off the state
While the feds are gonna tell you
That the towns don’t have the right
To block interstate commerce
To protect your family’s health
There’s no backing down

When every mom in Billings
Down through to Bellingham
When every doc and teacher
When every mayor stands
When every child who lives
Within five miles of the track
There’s no backing down

Sometimes the people stand up for a reason

Copyright 2012 by Dana Lyons
Lyons Brother Music, BMI