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It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry lyrics

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Leon Russell – It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry lyrics

Well, I ride on a mail train, babe, can't buy a thrill
I've been up all night, leanin' on a window sill
Well, if I don't make it to the top of the hill
If I don't make it, you know my baby will

And them wintertime is coming
The windows are filled with frost
I went to tell everybody
But I could not get across

Well, I wanna be your lover, baby
I don't wanna be your boss
Don't say I never warned you
When your train gets lost

Don't say I never warned you
When your train gets lost

Hey, I wanna be your lover, baby
I don't wanna be your boss
Don't say I never warned you
Now when your train gets lost



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    I take it very simply. The narrator is riding home on a train (possibly a hopped one) and meditating looking out the window at winter. It sounds as if he has been performing/touring and feels he failed to make a connection with his audiences. He knows if he doesn't make it home/achieve success his darlin' already has/always will. He is feeling lost and blue and the song is his warning to her. I see him alone in a mail car at night looking out at the cold, dark passing landscape feeling very blue.
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