New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.

In the Dodge City yards of the Santa Fe stood a freight made up for the East
And the engineer with his oil and waste was grooming the great iron beast
While ten cars back in the murky dust a boxcar door swung wide
And a hobo lifted his pal aboard to start on his last long ride
A lantern swung and the freight pulled out the engine it gathered speed
The engineer pulled the throttle wide and clacked to his fiery steed
Ten cars back in the empty box the hobo rolled a pill
The flare of the match showed his partner's face stark white and deathly still
As the train wheels clicked on the coupling joints a song for the rambler's ear
The hobo talked to the still white form his pal for many a year

For a mighty long time we've rambled Jack wth the luck of men that roam
With the backdoor steps for a dining room and a boxcar for a home
We doget the bulls on the Eastern route and the cops on the Chesapeake
We traveled the Leadville narrow gauge in the days of Cripple Creek
We drifted down through sunny Cal on the rails of that old SP
And of all you had through good and bad a half always belonged to me
You made me promise to you Jack if I lived and you cashed in
To take you back to the old churchyard and bury you there with your kin
You seemed to know I would keep my word cause you said that I was right
Well I'm keepin' my promise to you pal cause I'm takin' you home tonight
I haven't the money to send you there so I'm takin' you back on the fly
It's the decent way for a 'bo to go home to the by and by
I knew that that fever had you Jack and the doctor he just wouldn't come
He was too busy treatin' wealthy folks to doctor a worn out bum

As the train rolled over it's ribbons of steel straight to the East it sped
The engineer in his highcab seat kept his eyes on the rails ahead
While ten cars back in the empty box the lonely hobo sighed
For the days of old and his pal so cold who was takin' his last long ride



Lyrics taken from http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/h/hank_snow/the_last_ride.html

Correct | Report

songmeanings

Write about your feelings and thoughts

Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
u
Unregistered
Min 50 words
Not bad
Good
Awesome!
Explain

Write an explanation

Your explanation
Add image by pasting the URLBoldItalicLink
10 words
Good
Cool
Awesome!
Explanation guidelines:
  • Describe what artist is trying to say in a certain line, whether it's personal feelings, strong statement or something else.
  • Provide song facts, names, places and other worthy info that may give readers a perfect insight on the song's meaning.
  • Add links, pictures and videos to make your explanation more appealing. Provide quotes to support the facts you mention.
Before you get started, be sure to check out these explanations created by our users: good, very good, great.
×