Born on a Train (3:45)

Cover of The Charm of the Highway Strip

From The Charm of the Highway Strip and 4 other releases

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  • pressuredrop

    Stephin Merrit said it's about a vampire. Blew my mind.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Best_Coast

    this is HUGE!

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • liquidnature

    someday i'll make a man out of youuuu.. just me? okay then.

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • spanishwire

    adore how "nobody's gonna hurt you anymore, & nobody's gonna make you want to die" is juxtaposed with the "promises i'll never keep" chorus. super sock to the gut

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KasparovDeepBlu

    History of my love stories, if I had love stories.

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ruthietwoshoes

    SeattleJQueen- you make a good point.

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Hulelam

    SeattleJQueen I think Merrit is extremely metaphorical..

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • acalltoapathy

    I'll have to go when the whistle blows, the whistle knows my name...

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • phthoggos

    Next time, use only the words you need.

    7 Nov 2010 Reply
  • SeattleJQueen

    beyond brilliant; I don't get why so many people are obsessed with the likes of Bob Dylan. Like, I get it, he's good and all.. but I find it really strange that such a diverse and great number of people can have a strong personal connection to a single man's music. I get the feeling this is because people tell themselves to love the classics, because well, they're the "classics" (I think the government passed some sort of legislation defining what classic music is). Stephin Merrit is my Bob Dylan. He may not be super political or all ambiguous and metaphorical, but neither am I. I wish more people knew it was okay to pick certain traits you like in a songwriter, instead of feeling like you're supposed to like a guy because of his name (I mean no disrespect to Dylan or his real fans by saying this, I'm just trying to make a point). Romance + dry wit and irony = my kinda songwriter.

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ParadesGoBy23

    I am a sad bastard.

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • corvidtabard

    easily one of the best songs of all time

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • sawaawawa

    this song sounds like a song by the dodos....kinda weird how similar it is. this one probably came out first.

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Herr_Amn

    Sad bastard music indeed.

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Daydreamishly

    First song I listened to on my nineteenth birthday.

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • akauser

    I always thought it was "beat you in your sleep".

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • cowey

    for some reason, i always used to misremember that lyric as 'one of these days i'm gonna kill you in your sleep'.

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • thepod

    one of these days i'm gonna leave you in your sleep

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • evil_laugher

    I love this song loads.

    4 Nov 2008 Reply
  • FraDiaMor

    arcade fire do a nice cover of this (though he changes the order a little bit): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWQocqOABYw

    23 Apr 2008 Reply
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