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Crosby, Stills & Nash – Southbound Train lyrics

Graham Nash

Liberty laughing and shaking your head
Can you carry the torch that'll bring home the dead?
To the land of their fathers whose lives you have lead
To the station at the end of the town
On the southbound train going down.

Equality quietly facing the fist
Are you angry and tired that your point has been missed?
Will you go to the back-room
And study the list
Of the gamblers using the phone
On the southbound train going down.

Fraternity failing to fight back the tears
Will it take an eternity breaking all the fears?
And what will the passenger do when he hears-
That he's already paid for the crown
On the southbound train going down.

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    It's a war protest song about a funeral train. It probes the morality of sending men to war to die for their nation. The harmonica play really brings home the emotion of this song, very melancholy. The song seems to reflect the spirit of that age; that is war protest and questioning traditional morality. Done very beautifully. It's a pretty song even if you can't figure our what it's about. I'm glad Crosby and Nash did this one.
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