lifeblood: songs: joy train


stuck behind a chicken truck, my baby sleeping in the back
driving out the demons as the feathers blow on past
burning up the sky, two crackers in the summertime
dwelling on the cage while life flies by
"roll jordan roll, roll jordan roll, roll jordan roll!"

action jackson all the way to that mississippi town
where medgar evers haunts me, i swear he follows me around
saw him riding with christ's calvary and the horses and the hounds
singing "joy is thy victory!" at the revival picnic ground
"death where is thy sting to be found!"

"sixteen miles to that memphis jail," the sheriff tells me with a smile
he said, "i made a hundred trips, it's quiet, i'm bored right now."
miss drew got down, dancing with james brown
she said, "in '63, i was a society queen."
they say, "everything is fine," two crackers giving me the low down
but if it's trouble they want, it's trouble they will find
"roll jordan roll, roll jordan roll...papa's got a brand new bag..."

action jackson all the way to that tennessee town
where martin luther haunts me, i swear he follows me around
singing, "death where is thy sting to be found!"

dream little child, dream until you can't
caped crusaders and hapless chance
don't get caught squandering the good times
dwelling on the cage while life flies by
"roll jordan roll, roll jordan roll, roll jordan roll!"

action jackson all the way to that mississippi town
where medgar evers haunts me, i swear he follows me around
riding with christ's calvary and the horses and the hounds
singing "joy is thy victory!" at the revival picnic ground
"death where is thy sting to be found!"

i open my window, spring is on the bloom
i'm burying the bones, i'm coming home, make me some room
i'm jumping on that joy train, y'all make me some room

words and music amy ray


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