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MIDNIGHT TRAIN (Charlie Daniels / Joel DiGregorio / Tom Crain / Charles Hayward / Jack Gavin) Charlie Daniels Band - 1988 Midnight train, roll on Clear them tracks and keep that whistle blowin' Take this stranger on to Santa Fe It seems like romance and danger Follow this here tall dark stranger all along the way Well, the train was rumblin' through the night headed south for Santa Fe And in a fancy car with a private bar and a personal valet There was a bunch of cold-eyed men a-sittin' at a poker table Bettin' hot stakes all around Ol' Louisiana Lou had a knife in his shoe, was dealin' a hand o' cards And ol' Stagger Lee Crocket had a gun in his pocket was sweatin' and bettin' hard And over in the corner, this Mexican guy with two gold teeth And a patch on his eye, took a long hard look around And then the door flew open, a stranger walked in Said, "Don't y'all get excited, I know this here's a private game And I know I weren't invited, but I got a roll that"d choke a mule I'm just about a big enough fool to lay it all right down" And everybody nodded as the stranger took his seat He knew this bunch of cutthroat's would be mighty hard to beat As the stranger knew that the toughest two by far from where he sat Was a pot-bellied fella from south Alabama and a dude in a black felt hat Midnight train, roll on Well, clear them tracks and keep that whistle blowin' Take this stranger on to Santa Fe It seems like romance and danger Follow this here tall dark stranger all along the way Well, the stranger sat down, he looked around at all them evil faces And the pot-bellied fella drew a pair of queens But the stranger he drew aces and he kept on raisin' and pushin' his luck And he kept on winnin' like a runaway truck, he was givin' them a beatin' As the stakes got higher than a Chinese kite, the stranger kept gettin' hot Till every cent everybody had was lyin' out in the pot And then the stranger threw down a royal flush, somebody said "Hey man, that's enough, friend, I think you've been cheatin'" And then the stranger picked the money up and said, "Boys, I better run" And then the pot-bellied fella pulled a razor out and somebody pulled a gun They said, "You may think you're a sly old fox, you're gonna leave here In a long pine box if you don't leave that money alone" Just about then the lights went out and they all started fussin' And the lights came on, the stranger was gone, they all started cussin' And they searched that train from front to rear That stranger he done disappeared and all their money was gone When the train pulled in the station, with the whistle blowin' loud A telegram was waitin' from the stranger for the crowd Said, "Thank you for the money, boys, but don't feel too outdone 'Cause it takes a dog to know a dog, and I'm a howlin' son of a gun" Midnight train, roll on (Roll on, roll on) Midnight train, roll on (Roll on, roll on) Well, clear them tracks and keep that whistle blowin' Take this stranger on to Santa Fe It seems like romance and danger Follow this here tall dark stranger all along the way Oh, he's long gone (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - January 2017)

    


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