Starlight on the Rails (Utah Phillips)

Sheet Music of “Starlight on the Rails” available from The Long Memory.
“Starlight on the Rails” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: Utah Phillips.
Tune: Utah Phillips.


I can hear the whistle blowing,
High and lonesome as can be.
Outside, the rain is softly falling.
Tonight, it’s falling just for me.

Looking back along the road I’ve traveled,
The miles can tell a million tales.
Each year is like some rolling freight train
And cold as starlight on the rails.

I think about a wife and fam’ly,
A home and all the things it means.
The black smoke trailing out behind me
Is like a string of broken dreams.

Looking back along the road I’ve traveled,
The miles can tell a million tales.
Each year is like some rolling freight train
And cold as starlight on the rails.

A man who lives out on the highway
Is like a clock that can’t tell time;
A man who spends his life just ramblin’
Is like a song without a rhyme.

Looking back along the road I’ve traveled,
The miles can tell a million tales.
Each year is like some rolling freight train
And cold as starlight on the rails.


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