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"Train Running Low on Soul Coal" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1984 album The Big Express.

A live acoustic version was filmed for the XTC episode of Play at Home, with Andy and Dave performing in a park, likely in Swindon.

The demo appeared on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 3 in 2003.

QuotesEdit

Andy (on the demo): “He's got his Linn drum cocked and his beta blocked, his wallpaper flocked and his tudor mocked. Got a full head of steam for this hiss off demo. Piston broke as the postcard once said.”

LyricsEdit

Me train running low on soul coal

They push+pull tactics are driving me loco

They shouldn't do that no no no

They shouldn't do that


Me train running low on dream steam

They pull me whistle too hard me bound to scream

And they shouldn't do that no no no

They shouldn't do that


Think I'm going south for the winter

Think I'm going mad in this hinterland

Between young and old

I'm a thirty year old puppy doing what I'm told

And I'm told there's no more coal

For the older engines


Me train running low on soul coal


Think I'm going south for the winter

Think I'm going west and my sprinter's speed

Is reduced to a crawl

My rails went straight, but straight into the wall

It's the wall on which they dash the older engines


And all my servants are leaving

Imagination gone packing

Can't find the wound from where I'm bleeding

He's just a nut and he's cracking


Hammer goes down

Brakes all scream

Me and a couple of empty carriages

Slide down hill still

Next stop bad dreamsville


Think I'm going south for the winter

Me train running low on soul coal

VideosEdit

Play at HomeEdit

Live acoustic performance of "Train Running Low on Soul Coal" on Play at Home. Uploaded by YouTube user "fegda."

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