Bird On A Wire & Down There by the Train

If there are any words, lyrics, or sentences that explain my own life/personal experience in life it is this. Not very well known songs by my favorite music icon Johnny Cash, this song to me means everything I once was, dealt with, lived and experienced.

The lyrics:

“Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free. Like a fish on a hook, like a knight in some old fashioned book, I have saved all my ribbons for thee. And if I have been unkind, I just hope you will let it go by. And if I have been untrue, I hope you know it was never to you. Like a baby stillborn, like a beast with his horn, I have torn everyone, who reached out for me. But I swear, by this song, and by all I have done wrong, I’ll make it all up, to thee. I saw a young man (a beggar) leaning on his wooden crutch, He called out to me “Don’t ask for so much,” and a young woman leaning in her darkened door, she cried out to me “Hey, why not ask for more.” Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way, to be free.”

There’s a place I know where the train goes slow, where the sinner can be washed in the blood of the lamb. There’s a river by the trestle, down by sinner’s grove. Down where the willow and the dogwood grow. You can hear the whistle, you can hear the bell, from the halls of heaven to the gates of hell, and there’s room for the forsaken if you’re there on time, You’ll be washed of all your sins and all of your crimes.

If you’re down there by the train, down there by the train, down there by the train, down there by the train, down there where the train goes slow…

There’s a golden moon that shines up through the mist, and I know that your name can be on that list. There’s no eye for an eye, there’s no tooth for a tooth. I saw Judas Iscariot carrying John Wilkes Booth.

He was down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there by the train, He was down there where the train goes slow…

If you’ve lost all your hope, if you’ve lost all your faith, I know you can be cared for and I know you can be safe, and all the shamefuls and all of the whores, and even the soldier who pierced the side of the Lord,

Is down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there where the train goes slow.

Well, I’ve never asked forgiveness and I’ve never said a prayer, Never given of myself, never truly cared, I’ve left the ones who loved me and I’m still raising cain, I’ve taken the low road and if you’ve done the same…

Meet me down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there where the train goes slow…

Meet me down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there by the train, Down there where the train goes slow.

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