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Empire State Express

Written By Eddie Son House

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Fresh Evidence, A Blue Day for the Blues, Live At Rockpalast, Live Music Hall, Cologne (1990)

Lyrics

  • I WENT DOWN TO THE STATION
  • LEANED AGAINST THE DOOR
  • WENT DOWN TO THE STATION
  • LEANED AGAINST THE DOOR
  • I KNEW IT WAS THE EMPIRE STATE
  • I CAN TELL BY THE WAY SHE BLOWS
  • I ASKED THE DEPOT AGENT,
  • ‘PLEASE LET ME RIDE THE BLINDS’
  • I ASKED THE DEPOT AGENT,
  • ‘PLEASE LET ME RIDE THE BLINDS’
  • HE SAID ‘SON I WOULDN’T MIND
  • BUT THE EMPIRE STATE AIN’T MINE’
  • YOU KNOW THAT EMPIRE STATE,
  • SHE RIDES ON EASTERN TIME
  • THAT EMPIRE STATE,
  • RIDES ON EASTERN TIME
  • SHE’S THE ROLLINGEST BABY
  • ON THE NEW YORK CENTRAL LINE
  • IT WAS A MEAN OL’ FIREMAN
  • AND A LOW-DOWN ENGINEER
  • IT WAS A CRUEL FIREMAN
  • AND A LOW-DOWN ENGINEER
  • THAT TOOK MY WOMAN AWAY
  • AND LEFT POOR ME STANDING HERE
  • YES, THE ENGINEER BLEW THE WHISTLE,
  • THE FIREMAN RANG THE BELL
  • THE ENGINEER BLEW THE WHISTLE,
  • THE FIREMAN RANG THE BELL
  • MY WOMAN’S ON BOARD
  • SHE’S WAVING ME FARE-THEE-WELL
  • I’M GONNA TELL YOU
  • WHAT THAT MEAN OL’ TRAIN WILL DO
  • I’M GONNA TELL YOU
  • WHAT THAT MEAN OL’ TRAIN WILL DO
  • THEY’LL TAKE YOUR WOMAN AWAY
  • AND SHOOT BLACK SMOKE AT YOU
  • THEY’LL TAKE YOUR WOMAN AWAY
  • AND SHOOT BLACK SMOKE AT YOU

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