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The Magnetic Fields

Born on a Train (3:46)


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  • One of my fave songs of all time, truly a classic
  • Stephin Merrit said it's about a vampire. Blew my mind.
  • this is HUGE!
  • someday i'll make a man out of youuuu.. just me? okay then.
  • 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
  • SeattleJQueen- you make a good point.
  • SeattleJQueen I think Merrit is extremely metaphorical..
  • I'll have to go when the whistle blows, the whistle knows my name...
  • Next time, use only the words you need.
  • 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.
  • I am a sad bastard.
  • easily one of the best songs of all time
  • this song sounds like a song by the dodos....kinda weird how similar it is. this one probably came out first.
  • Sad bastard music indeed.
  • First song I listened to on my nineteenth birthday.
  • I always thought it was "beat you in your sleep".
  • for some reason, i always used to misremember that lyric as 'one of these days i'm gonna kill you in your sleep'.
  • one of these days i'm gonna leave you in your sleep
  • I love this song loads.
  • arcade fire do a nice cover of this (though he changes the order a little bit): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWQocqOABYw
  • I love the vampire-thing in Stephin Merritt's songs...
  • i love this song so much

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