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This
train slipped into the station A
worn out steel blue soul A
relic from colonial days When
the French were still in control Lorsque
les Francais ont ete en controle (When
the French were still in control) It's

an outpost in transition Where
the faithful in the bar Know
from the whistle & the squeaking wheels That
the next step is Dakar La
prochaine etape etait Dakar (The
next step is Dakar) Talk

on the radio Talk
on the street Talk
of men with money loco from the heat Picking
up the beat Talk

about the rail band Picking
up the beat We
lit that great reunion With
the headlights on the jeep And

there's history on the jukebox Where
the spies & scoundrels dwell It
was the place to go in Bamako Direction
Buffet – Hotel Now

we're lost in the Sahara Four
hours north of Tombouctou Lookin'
for a nomad who knows Or
maybe some wondering Jew Allons
a Essakane Syndou, (Get
us to Essakane Syndou), Then

we heard that Tuareg combo We
had come so very far And
we were welcomed out of history By
the wind & sand & stars Jai
commence a le piercevoir (I'm
beginning to understand it) Sand

in the couscous Sand
in the wine There
was sand in my guitar case Stories
in my mind Machine

guns on the hilltop Camels
in my tent Buried
in a sandstorm As
the music came & went Well

we crawled out of the desert And
the storm erased our tracts The
Sahara showed her heart to us And
then she took it back I

recall diplomats & hookers And
I saw strangers digging wells And
for that one great night in Bamako We
owned Buffet Hotel Nous

avons eu Buffet Hotel (We
owned the Buffet Hotel) La
nuit nous apparient Vive
le Buffet Adieu
A Bientot-Farewell



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