Merle Haggard - Waitin' For A Train Lyrics




All around the water tanks
Waiting for a train
A thousand miles away from home
Sleeping in the rain.

I walked up to a brakeman
To give him a line of talk
He said if you've got money
I'll see that you don't walk.

I haven't got a nickel
Not a penny can I show
Get off, get off, you railroad bum
And he slammed that boxcar door.

He put me off in Texas
The place I dearly love
The wide open spaces all around me
The moon and stars up above.

Nobody seemed to want me
Nor to lend me a helping hand
I'm on my way from Frisco
I'm going back to Dixie Land.

Though my pocketbook is empty
And my heart is full of pain
I'm a thousand miles away from home
Waitin' for a train.

Nobody seemed to want me
Nor to lend me a helping hand
I'm on my way from Frisco
I'm going back to Dixie Land.

Though my pocketbook is empty
And my heart is full of pain
I'm a thousand miles away from home
Waitin' for a train...





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Merle Haggard Waitin' For A Train Comments
  1. Danny Hollander

    Jimmie Rogers was inspiring; Merle Haggard, however, *is* the inspiration — he is the greatest of all time ... for all time ...

  2. catchinbass86

    You were THE best Merle. RIP

  3. Pondy Hsu

    All around the water tanks
    Waiting for a train
    A thousand miles away from home
    Sleeping in the rain.

    I walked up to a brakeman
    To give him a line of talk
    He said if you've got money
    I'll see that you don't walk.

    I haven't got a nickel
    Not a penny can I show
    Get off, get off, you railroad bum
    And he slammed that boxcar door.
    +++++++++++
    He put me off in Texas
    The place I dearly love
    The wide open spaces all around me
    The moon and stars up above.

    Nobody seemed to want me
    And lend me a helping hand
    I'm on my way from Frisco
    I'm going back to Dixie Land.

    Though my pocketbook is empty
    And my heart is full of pain
    I'm a thousand miles away from home
    Waitin' for a train.
    ****************
    Nobody seemed to want me
    And lend me a helping hand
    I'm on my way from Frisco
    I'm going back to Dixie Land.

    Though my pocketbook is empty
    And my heart is full of pain
    I'm a thousand miles away from home
    Waitin' for a train.....

  4. Jerry Pullen

    An all time great

  5. Dalton Riley

    This was my pawpaws favorite song before he died and now I am going to carry on his memory by listening to this song

  6. Mike Austin

    ALL TIME BEST.

  7. wilfred heggart

    when bill put you in your place in 1972

  8. Neil Little

    I’ve been listening to Merle since I was a kid of 5yrs old and still do on most nights after work, Nowa day at 51 yrs old I sing and play most of Merle’s songs on my guitars and all my children love him and his songs and what they mean to us all here in Aussie land and the world over. Keep on Merle’s memory everybody

  9. Jack Wright

    I love this singer & this song

    Gene Darby

    Jack Wright , when I was a youngster growing up , I really didn't get his music but man oh man today I just love listening to his one of a kind music !! seen him live about twenty years ago , my dad would have been proud of me enjoying Merle's music .

  10. John H

    I finally had the joy of seeing him live in Charles Town, West Virginia when he was 78.. I drove 8 hours to get there, and am glad that I did, because he died only a few months later. I don't use the term "cool" very often, but Merle was really cool in his old age. As a former hobo and a lover of TRUE country music his music always meant a lot to me.

  11. 1bundy11

    RIP Merle. I love you and your music! Always will.

  12. Dennis Mackey

    My son and HAG died on the same day.....I am devestated. But I am comforted by GOD'S promise to raise ALL who have died to a CLEANSED EARTH!! (John 5:28, 29 ) Please investigate His promise thru the Bible Study aid website JW.ORG

    Mary Johnson

    VERY GOOD POST

    Chuck Benwitt

    God will bliss you

    Dennis Mackey

    Thank you Mr. Benwitt! If even just ONE person reads my post and is curious enough to investigate for themselves the Bible's promise that the vast majority of all who have ever lived and died on this earth WILL be raised to perfect health on a cleansed paradise planet.....then I WILL consider myself blessed indeed sir! JW.ORG

    westpoint snell

    all those born again will see lived one's...

    Dave Skeet

    Dennis Mackey You brought a very big smile to my face. Keep spreading the positivity and love. It makes the world quite a bit brighter :)

  13. steve

    I just got the CD.Awesome! Nobody sings like this!

  14. Jack Coe

    Merle Haggard has to be the best singer in country and can really fo The Jimmy Rogers songs better then anyone else ....I would love to have the album or cd of him doing Jimmy Rogers tunes...

  15. John Acord

    Sounds like a dirty CD.

  16. Kenny Gifford

    Tsk Tsk Tsk..  and its off beat

  17. William Sanborn

    TSST, TSST, TSST, TSST, TSST.....

    Diane Gowin

    I love the picture of your dog. I had a Chocolate Lab once. His name was Jeter. I love this song.

    Diane Gowin

  18. Hagfan789

    Audio Error...Audio Error...Still a great song from 1969 "Same Train, A Different Time" album.

    Fred Hinch

    +Hagfan789 The album is "Same Train, A Different Time". That is the name on all five of mine...

    Hagfan789

    +Fred Hinch Thanks for letting me know. Typo. There's no audio problem anymore either...Sounds great.

    wilfred heggart

    illl smash your camera

  19. Hagfan789

    Sounds like the old days of Merle on 45's..Gotta put a penny on the needle. lol

  20. Jack Hartwell

    What the hell is going on with all the off beat percussion?  Sounds like a drummer on acid.

    wilfred heggart

    i called you in for selling my tape player on ebay to the police

  21. mrbeaverstate

    Little late for your question but...Hobos meditation is the name. Jimmy Rogers song.

  22. Logan Fritz

    Merle is a good musician, but he doesn't do this song justice like Jimmie Rodgers. Nobody can.

  23. Dragonflygurl Kimble

    My 94 year old Dad sings this...it's one of his favourites. Thanks for posting-

    Friedrich Schmidt

    Is he still with us??

  24. jinky44

    He'd the man!!!! HaiL HaiL

  25. Jim T

    I liked this a lot more than I expected to. Gracias.

  26. Caroline Smith

    we r all waiting for a train bound to somewhear

  27. SuperStaggerlee1

    he also liked bob wills does great son gs of wills

  28. Hagfan789

    Mrbuk86 & jgibs69 are both HOMOS!! And yes I mean that in mean & insulting manner! Don't mess with the HAG!

  29. jgibs69

    Sounds like a homo singing.

  30. Edythe Edwards

    You tube is a wonderful thing!

  31. jarhead4God

    @tedtretts : It is also available my Jimmie Rodgers (the originator, I think), Jim Reeves. Johnny Cash and Gene Autry.

  32. Allen Booth

    @tedtretts
    Did you ever "ride the blind" (hitch a ride in the space behind the tender)?

  33. Rosa Williams

    He still is......now WAS to it....NONBODY can touch him

  34. Bill Clarke

    I love Merle Haggards version of this great song, which was written and first recorded by Jimmie Rodgers. Thank you for posting.

  35. Chad Hayes

    I am not sure who wrote or originally sang this song but Merle does one hell of a job and I can feel it through him.

  36. Tucko1

    @coleyman1 I've got that album. Found it at an antique mall outside of Sacramento. Iwas just playing the heck out of it last week....Now get your butt up to the attic and get it out!!!!

  37. Lynne Deatherage The Rockstar

    My dad used to sing this song, I miss him and would give anything to hear him sing again!!

    jennifur sun

    me too my daddy loved Jimmy Rogers songs

  38. dwrdtoler2000

    I remember being a little kid when the beatles came along and I thought who needs the beatles we got Merl and George.

  39. Michelle C

    I gotta say this is beautiful song - exquisite arrangement!

  40. xciteful

    This is an old Jimmie Rodgers song.

  41. whispperson

    Lovely Version of 'Jimmie Rodgers' Classic.
    Thanks for this.