Long Train Runnin’

The Doobie Brothers played this song for three years in bars all over the place, it was a jam that went by several different names and had different versions of lyrics.  They thought of this jam as if it was a throwaway song, being without any great merit as far as the chords and everything went, because it seemed too simplistic.  Love has the ability to take you in a lot of different places where you will get involved in many various situations, sort of like a train can take you to different places.  Without love who knows where you would be now.  You might be living in a different city, or have a different job without love in your life.

The Doobie Brothers started out 48 years ago in 1970, emerging from roughly the same musically fertile Bay Area landscape that produced many other legendary outfits, from the Dead to the Airplane to Creedence and beyond.  This band is a lot like a long train that keeps on running and it won’t stop, because their pistons churn and they keep on churning.

Down around the corner
A half a mile from here
You see them old trains runnin’
And you watch them disappear
Without love
Where would you be now
Without love
You know I saw Miss Lucy
Down along the tracks
She lost her home and her family
And she won’t be comin’ back
Without love
Where would you be right now
Without love
Well the Illinois Central
And the Southern Central Freight
Gotta keep on pushin’ Mama
‘Cause you know they’re runnin’ late
Without love
Where would you be now
Now, now, now
Without love
Well the Illinois Central
And the Southern Central Freight
Gotta keep on pushin’ Mama
You know they’re runnin’ late
Without love
Where would you be now
Without love
Where pistons keep on churnin’
And the wheels go ‘round and ‘round
And the steel rails are cold and hard
For the miles that they go down
Without love
Where would you be right now
Without love
Where would you be now
Got to get up baby, things are moving now
Well they are moving now
Baby, baby, baby
Baby well they are moving now
See the big train run
When the train is moving on
You got to keep on moving
Keep on moving, keep on moving
Well keep on moving

5 thoughts on “Long Train Runnin’

  1. I particularly liked the Doobie Brothers when Michael McDonald was part of the band with songs like “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” and “What a Fool Believes.”

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    1. Yea, he is a great keyboardist, singer and songwriter. Michael McDonald was in Steely Dan before he joined the Doobie Brothers and he was only a Doobie Brother for 6 years, although he has reunited with them over the years for several performances. McDonald co-wrote “You Belong to Me” with Carly Simon.

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