“I can hear my train comin’…it’s a lonesome and distant cry..”

Had this stuck in my head all day, sat down to try to learn it. Thirty minutes later and a tab or two later, I had the main chords figured out but absolutely no technical ability to pull of the playing, the picking or the chord changes. Mostly because I am no guitar player but also because Dallas Green is a man of incredible skill and talent. He plays the way some people write, dynamics and rhythm so perfect and fluid because they are innate. It’s nothing that can be taught – refined, maybe, but some are just born with it.

And his words. Simple and telling, effortless rhymes. If this song doesn’t make your blood run a little slower, make your thoughts a little darker, and somehow still you for a second, I’m not sure if you understand powerful songwriting the same way I do. Because damn. He gets the feeling so right on, he doesn’t even need to say it.

“I can hear my train comin’
It’s a lonesome and distant cry
I can hear my train comin’
Now I’m runnin’ for my life
What makes a man walk away from his mind?
I think I know
I think I might know

I can feel the wind blowin’
It’s sending shivers down my spine
I can feel the wind blowin’
It shakes the trees and the power lines

What makes a man spend his whole life in disguise?
I think I know
I think I might know

I think I might know
I think I might know, oh oh

I can see the sun settin’
It’s casting shadows on the sea
I can see the sun, it’s setting
It’s getting colder, starting to freeze
What makes a man want to break a heart with ease?
I think I know
I think I might know

I think I might know
I think I might know, oh oh

Well I can hear my train comin’
Looks like time is not on my side
Well I can hear my train comin’
I’m still runnin’ for my life
What makes a man pray, when he’s about to die?
I think I know

I think I might know”

~What Makes a Man
City and Colour, Bring Me Your Love