downbound train lyrics – bruce springsteen

i had a job, i had a girl
i had something going mister in this world
i got laid off down at the lumber yard
our love went bad, times got hard
now i work down at the carwash
where all it ever does is rain
don’t you feel like you’re a rider on a downbound train
she just said “joe i gotta go
we had it once we ain’t got it any more”
she packed her bags left me behind
she bought a ticket on the central line
nights as i sleep, i hear that whistle whining
i feel her kiss in the misty rain
and i feel like i’m a rider on a downbound train

last night i heard your voice
you were crying, crying, you were so alone
you said your love had never died
you were waiting for me at home
put on my jacket, i ran through the woods
i ran till i thought my chest would explode
there in the clearing, beyond the highway
in the moonlight, our wedding house shone
i rushed through the yard, i burst through the front door
my head pounding hard, up the stairs i climbed
the room was dark, our bed was empty
then i heard that long whistle whine
and i dropped to my knees, hung my head and cried

now i swing a sledge hammer on a railroad gang
knocking down them cross ties, working in the rain
now don’t it feel like you’re a rider on a downbound train

/ bruce springsteen lyrics