Catch That Train

by Michael Hunton

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Raw fingerpicking, strong harmonies, slide accents - this album is for the traveler, the nomad, the journeyman - the sound is cut to its core - instrument, vocals, and soul.

www.michaelhuntonmusic.com

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released January 3, 2016

- Recorded and mixed in New Haven, CT
- Inspired by Josh Druckman at Outlier Inn Recording, Woodridge, NY
- Mastered by Brian iele at Santa Cecilia Sound, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Album art and design by Brittany Skar
- Photography by Chris Randall
- (c) 2015 Michael Hunton

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Track Name: Bound to Ramble
Well I been bound to ramble
Lord I be movin on
Yea I been bound to ramble
Right through that setting sun
By the time I stop moving
Lord I’ll be dead and gone

Well I been bound for trouble
Can’t take no easy road
Man I been seeing double
Can’t no one take my load
Well this weight on my shoulder
Is all I know of home

Through these towns I travel
Ain’t no one knows my name
Walk these streets of gravel
Ain’t no one feels my pain
I never been been so lonely
Out in the pouring rain

Six days I been walking
can’t feel my legs no more
and to myself I’m talking
I’m broken to the core
But I know i’ll meet my Savior
when I reach that golden shore

Well I been bound to ramble
Lord I be movin on
Yea I been bound to ramble
Right through that setting sun
By the time I stop moving
Lord I’ll be dead and gone
Track Name: Hey Mister
Hey Mister play that song
I been bound for Philly man I’m heading all night long
Gotta find me some money gotta get me on that midnight train
I been feeling down, gotta see my baby again

Hey mister play that tune
I been bound for Tennessee I miss that mountain moon
Through hills of west Virginia gonna find me on that boxcar cab
Lord I miss my honey bee with every town I pass

Well I don’t know why she left me
All I know is that I’m all alone
And I’m stuck here in this station
With her memory to sing along

So hey mister play that note
I been bound for New Orleans along that southern coast
Gonna ride through Mississippi, after passing through old Alabam
Lord I miss my honey bad as I wander cross this land

Well I’m sitting on this bench
And I’m waiting for that whistle to blow
And my mind it’s a wandering
But there’s something that I surely know

Well hey mister play that chord
The sound of that guitar’s got me singing lordy lord
Gonna get to California and up to Oregon
When this train starts a rolling lord, my baby’s long, long gone
Track Name: New York City
Yesterday I’m gone from Virginia
Yesterday’s been gone for a while
And I’m not sure what I’m looking for
But I been traveling these miles

She said she’d send me a letter
She said she’d write me everyday
She said our love would last forever
She threw our love away

So I’m headin up to New York City
Maybe I’ll make it for the dawn
I’m headin north to find a new way
I gotta keep moving on
On up that east coast line
To a place I can ease my mind
i’m heading far from these troubled days
leaving these hard times behind

Well Elizabeth is bright tonight
See all those lights shining true
And I’m heading up north on the Jersey turnpike
Leavin these Shenandoah blues

Maybe I’ll find me a woman
Maybe I’ll wind up alone
Maybe I’ll find what I’m looking for
Maybe I’ll find me a home

So I’m headin up to New York City
Maybe I’ll make it for the dawn
I’m headin north to find a new way
I gotta keep moving on
On up that east coast line
To a place I can ease my mind
i’m heading far from these troubled days
leaving these hard times behind

So Virginia’s gone tonight
Virginia’s been gone for a while
And I’m staring down the sunset in a brand new town
Leavin these heartaches in style

So I’m headin up to New York City
Maybe I’ll make it for the dawn
I’m headin north to find a new way
I gotta keep moving on
On up that east coast line
To a place I can ease my mind
i’m heading far from these troubled days
leaving these hard times behind
Track Name: Riverside Blues
I went down to the riverside
And I washed my blues away
Cause every day since you been gone
Well it’s just another day
I don’t know I thought I knew
I thought you were here to stay
Now everyday since you been gone
Well it’s just another day

Little baby, ever since you been gone
Little honey, I been travelin on

I went down to the riverside
And I washed my blues away
Cause every day since you been gone
Well it’s just another day

Girl you left me in the cold
And honey I must confess
Now I’m here all by myself and
I’m just a shivering mess

Well days go by, and by and by,
And all I do is stare.
Nothing more to think about and honey
Nothing more to care.

Little baby, ever since you been gone
Little honey, I been travelin on

So I went down to the riverside
And I washed my blues away
Cause every day since you been gone
Well it’s just another day
Track Name: Midnight Train
Lord oh Lord, I’m gonna catch that midnight train
Lord oh Lord, I’m gonna catch that midnight train
I’ll be gone tomorrow never coming back again
Oh lord, gonna catch that midnight train

My shoes got leaving on their mind
These shoes got leaving on their mind
Gonna walk this city and leave it all behind
My shoes got leaving on their mind

Gonna leave this city in the dust
Gonna leave this city in the dust
Gonna leave this city of weathered steel and rust
Gonna leave this city in the dust

There’s a cold wind blowing down your door
There’s a cold wind blowing down your door
There’s a cold wind blowing don’t know what it has in store
Theres a cold wind blowing down your door

Gonna ride into that starry night
Gonna ride into that starry night
That moon is calling so be my guiding light
Gonna ride into that starry night

This train’s gonna take me far away
This train’s gonna take me far away
Far from these troubles and far from yesterday
This train’s gonna take me far away

Lord oh Lord, gonna catch that midnight train
Lord, I’m gonna catch that midnight train
I’ll be gone tomorrow never coming back again
Lord, I’m gonna catch that midnight train
Lord oh Lord, gonna catch that midnight train
Track Name: Running Blues
Well I’m leaving town now I am leaving home
Gonna leave this place I used to call my own
Gonna leave this city gotta catch that train
Gotta leave this place I gotta leave today
Gotta leave my job I gotta leave my wife
Gotta leave my worries leave it all behind

Well that devil’s got me and he’s twisting me
Walking down that street I gotta leave it be
But my mind is racing man its off the track
It’s like a locomotive that ain’t coming back
So I steal some sunshine from the afternoon
But that rain’s a comin gonna be here soon

Well I got my guitar and I got my hat
Gonna leave this city in ten seconds flat
Gonna hitch that rail I’m gonna hop that line
Gonna leave this city leave it all behind
Cause that devil’s got me and he’s gaining ground
So I keep on moving never slowing down

So I took that subway man I caught that cab
But now I’m still running and I’m running fast
So I hopped that train and then I headed east
Gonna reach that ocean gonna set me free
But that Long Island Railroad’s just a big dead end
It’s gonna take me back to where it all began, come on

Now I’m running down these old New York streets
And that concrete sidewalk moves beneath my feet
But I’m getting tired and I’m moving slow
But there’s nowhere to hide and nowhere to go
So I take my hat off and I put down my case
And I greet that devil with a smile on my face

Well now all I have is what I think I know
What my momma told me when I was 8 years old
That there’s joy above and that there’s hell below
And if that devil gets you then you sell your soul
But now all them warning’s just a waste of time
Cause that devil’s got me and honey – I don’t mind!
Track Name: By the River
Lord i’m traveling low
I got to find my way down road
And you can find me by the river tonight
With a beatin’ in my soul

You might find me in the mountains
You might find me near the creek
You might find me where that river flows
Where the water’s running deep

And you might see me running
But you’ll never see me stay
Cause the road is long and my troubles deep
I need to run these blues away

But that melody is calling
And I’ll be there before long
Well there’s a smokestack burning from the devil’s den
That can never do you wrong

Lord i’m traveling low
I got to find my way down road
And you can find me by the river tonight
With a beatin’ in my soul

You might find me near the fire
You might find me near the band
Cause music’s gonna heal your soul
Better than any medicine man

And you can hear those drums a drummin
You can play your tambourine
You can sing your heartstrings into the night
And you can wash your worries clean

And that fire burns inside you
And you can feel it come alive
And you feel that beat down into your toes
Let the spirits roam the night

Lord i’m traveling low
I got to find my way down road
And you can find me by the river tonight
With a beatin’ in my soul

Well in the morning I’ll be walking
In the morning I’ll be gone
But when that evening falls by the riverbed
You’re gotta hear that devil’s song

Lord i’m traveling low
I got to find my way down road
And there’s a fire by the river tonight
You gotta hear that devil’s call
Track Name: Rolling Steel
Hear that train rollin down the tracks
Hear it coming now to take me back
oh baby
Waiting on the platform honey all night long
Rolling steel, come carry me home

Hear that whistle blowing down the line
Station clock tower says its right on time
oh baby
Grab my bags and kiss the city goodbye
Rolling steel, come carry me home

This train is bound to sweep my blues away
Lift me up unto to a better day
Carry me home back to where I belong
And so its time I’m movin on

See that locomotive pullin hard
See it pullin right into that yard
oh baby
See those doors they open wide for me
Rolling steel, come carry me home
Rolling steel, come carry me home

This train is bound to sweep my blues away
Lift me up unto to a better day
Carry me home back to where I belong
And so its time I’m movin on

Feel that engine pullin me away
Take me up high up where those angels play
oh baby
High up in the clouds up to my resting place
Rolling steel, come carry me home
Rolling steel, come carry me home
Track Name: Move On
Move on honey now
Move on down that road
Move on honey now
Move on wherever you go
Well them boys on the corner said they don’t know where to go

Move on baby now
Move on that big jet plane
Move on baby now
Take me back from where I came
Well the pilot on the speaker says he don’t know where to go

Well I’m movin
Movin on down that road
Yea I’m movin
Don’t know where to go
Well I’m gone - gonna find my way
Lord, I’ll fly to Mississippi on that midnight train
Well I’m movin all over town on that road

Move on buddy now
Move on that big city bus
Move on buddy now
Don’t ever make no fuss
Well that bus driver told me that he don’t where to go

Well I’m movin
Movin on down that road
Yea I’m movin
Don’t know where to go
Well I’m gone - gonna find my way
Lord, I’ll fly to Mississippi on that midnight train
Well I’m movin all over town on that road

Move on busker boy
Move on down that street
Move on busker boy
Gotta keep that sidewalk clean
Well that big city cop he said he don’t know where to go
And I asked that street sweeper said he don’t know where to go

Well I’m movin
Movin on down that road
Yea I’m movin
Don’t know where to go
Well I’m gone - gonna find my way
Lord, I’ll fly to Mississippi on that midnight train
Well I’m movin all over town on that road
Track Name: Pensacola
Oh Lord, gonna leave this place
Yea my shoes are shining
I packed my suitcase
I’m heading down to Pensacola, gonna fly them aeroplanes

Winter winds blowing through my window
Hear them strings a howling on my car radio
i’m heading down to Pensacola, gonna fly them aeroplanes

Lord, tonight my spirits are flying high
Gonna sail right through that starlit sky

Got my bags and my blues in the back
Well I’m leaving this town ain’t never turning back
I’m heading down to Pensacola, gonna fly them aeroplanes

Lord, tonight my spirits are flying high
Gonna sail right through that starlit sky

Hotel blues but that sun it does shine
When I turn on that engine in that new morning light
I’m heading down to Pensacola, gonna fly them aeroplanes
Track Name: All That's Left
When the morning comes
And the light shines through the window
As it wakes you up
And your eyes are sewn together
But they open up
And you turn to see your lover
But all that’s there is an empty place
Where someone used to be

In that evening sun
When the day is done and all your worried
Memories gone
And you settle down inside to put that
Kettle on
And you look into the mirror
But all that’s there is an empty face
Where someone used to be

But that sun no longer shines on this house
And I feel like a stranger in this town
And I’m not sure how I’m really supposed to feel
All I know is that this emptiness is real

So these midnight walks
Seem to help me when the spirits in the
Night do talk
And the streetlights flicker on in front of
Our old porch
And I look inside the door
But all that’s there is an empty chair
Where someone used to be

But that sun no longer shines on this house
And I feel like a stranger in this town
And I’m not sure how I’m really supposed to feel
All I know is that this loneliness is real

I hear the morning birds
Cause I didn’t sleep a wink last night with
All this stuff
And I know I must be moving on
Although it’s tough
Then I roll over to hold you
But all that’s there is an empty space
Where someone used to be
Track Name: Travelin' Lone
I been travelin’ lone
Somedays high and somedays low
Wreck my mind and rest my soul
Where I lay me I don’t know

Well it’s been so long since I been home
Can’t quite remember what I’m looking for
Lost my heart, lost my soul
What I had left is headed for the door

Well all my days go by
I seen trouble and I seen lie
Some they stay, and some they go
I’ll meet you further down the road

Movin on the road ahead
Grab my bags and I go walkin down
Sun goes down, I light a cig, to pass some time
Then I head out into town
When I get up in the morning Lord knows
I’ll leave that girl before we settle down

I been travelin’ lone
Somedays high and somedays low
Wreck my mind and rest my soul
Where I lay me I don’t know
Well all my days go by
I seen trouble and I seen lie
Some they stay, and some they go
I’ll meet you further down the road

I been travelin’ lone
Somedays high and somedays low
Wreck my mind and rest my soul
Where I lay me I don’t know
Well all my days go by
I seen trouble and I seen lie
Some they stay, and some they go
I’ll meet you further down the road