Like A Train

by Bob Frey

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Yep, this is the one w/ "Song for Elle", "California", and, of course, the title track "Like A Train". A very solid record...


released December 18, 2007

bob frey - guitar, vocals, harmonica
corey hess - bass
paul loughridge - drums
marc conklin - lead guitar
krys metz - cello
james allen - lead acoustic guitar


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Bob Frey Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bob Frey is a longtime devotee to the art of writing and performing songs. His unique and memorable voice immediately engages his audience, the perfect vehicle for his wry, intelligent lyrics.
On each of these albums, Bob shows himself to be a versatile writer, his simple folk melodies forming a sound and solid base for his poetic observations and stories. He is the brother of author James Frey.
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Track Name: Like A Train
I'm gonna love you 'til the river runs dry, babe
I'll love you 'til the river runs dry
You'll be the only one
I'll love you 'til the river runs dry

My dear, we live in troubled times
Everybody's choosing sides
False believers telling lies
The truth so carefully disguised

On a bright November day
In many doorways we did wait
On a dark November eve
We spoke in whispers about leaving

Then, as now, I stood uncertain and unsure
About the world around me
So, I look inward now, I look to you, my love
I look to you, my darling


I've seen it time and time again
To be less fortunate's a sin
But, in the poorest quarters on the coldest nite
Who's to say what's wrong or right?

Some say it's treason to dissent
Some say just trust the president
Some say that every king must fall
Others don't say much at all

But, these days are not forever, it's just a place in time
Temporary, like a train
If we're desolate, it's only for a while
My love, we'll be okay

Track Name: Loralei
Loralei, Loralei, I ain't seen you for a while
Loralei, Loralei, seems like the time's been slipping by
Loralie, you could call me on the phone and I could see you tonite...

Loralei, Loralei, looks like that sun is sinking low
Loralei, Loralei, you know I've got no place to go
Loralei, heard you were asking about me, but there aint't nothing to tell...

Loralei, Loralei, I ain't angry anymore
Loralei, it's just I've seen the sign, I've seen it written upon your door
Loralei, just like a kite stuck in a tree, we were always high...
But, never going nowhere, and we were bound to fall down...

Loralei, Loralei, y'know I don't forget a thing
Loralei, Loralei, perhaps it's better if you don't ring
Loralei, I think we're better off like this...
I think it's true in the end, all the most tragic of tales, always begin with a kiss
Track Name: Song for Elle
This is my song for Elle
I play it in three-quarter time
It's slow and it's simple, I wrote it this morning
After holding her close as she cried
This is my song for Elle
At once, tough and fragile, it's true
I can still see her there in the doorway, her hair falling down
Her eyes tear-stained and blue

This is my song for a dancer
I think of her sometimes that way
She's light and she's graceful, elegantly wistful
As she moves through the steps of her day
This is my song for a dreamer
She's the girl with the world in her hands
Now, she's feeling confused 'bout her moves
What to do when the world don't work out like you planned?

This is my song for Elle
Take solace where solace is due
Scorpio lover, the gray of November
Seems it's forever following you
This is my song for Elle
Lover, leave all that darkness behind
Do you remember that night when we stared at the lights on the ocean?
I can still see them shining...
Track Name: Are You Lonesome Now?
You tell me you're an artist, you've got nothing left to prove
You tell me to be patient, everybody waits for you
Time is on your side, and inspiration, too
You tell me that there's genius in every little thing you do.

You speak to me of knowledge, you speak to me of cost
You say, "Are you paying attention, boy? 'Cause you're looking kind of lost"
I say, "That ain't confusion that you're seeing, it's just your gleam is gone"
Every time I see you, you just go on and on and on

You can always tell a story, you can always drop a name
You can answer every question, you're a master of the game
You've got a face for every angle, you've got a face for me
In the rain the other night, I'm still not certain if it's you that I did see

You tell me order is important, there could never be enough
But, what about compassion, baby, have you forgotten about love?
Did you ever learn to listen, you always talk so loud
Maybe someday I'll write a letter, asking "Tell me, are you lonesome now?"
Track Name: California
From the time I've know you, you've been cursed and blessed
Always said you were the one
Always stood your ground, never would back down
No, you would never be outrun
Through the reels of bluster, I watched you muster
A courage unforeseen
Now, you've finally gotten all the things you wanted
You got the prize, but now you're bleeding

I watched you take your place, I saw it in her face
She was scornful, like a queen
With her band of righteous judges
And, no sense of irony
A baby waited, a Mother cried, as a Father looked away
And, I wish that I could help you find
A peaceful place to lay your body down


California, do you think it let you down
Sometimes I wonder if you should have stuck around
Whoever's calling, I'll just tell them that you're not here
But, everything's alright, and you'll be back before too long

Do you still recall the way she looked when she was beautiful
And, the shadow of a reckoning
Before she changed her point of view
Now, the truckstop lover makes the rules for all who come to stare
And bear witness to the accident
And, all that happened there


It seems everywhere the people speak in rumour and regret
I search for some sign of reason
But it hasn't happened yet
I stood by you through your darkest days, I've seen you broken down and busted
And, I've seen it written on the walls
"Only the poets should be trusted..."
Track Name: Careful, Now
She said, "I do not come to bury you, I come to sing your praises"
I said, "Then you should know that you're the one, dear, I should be careful of..."
And, though I am not immune to all them whisper-to-me glances
Don't think I confuse 'em with some subtle kind of love
Just because you speak to me in a voice that smells like roses
That don't mean that I don't see behind them rehearsed poses
You could tell me tales and I could pretend to listen
But, I'm sure we've both got better things to do...

I try to keep it simpler the older that I get
Take what I have learned and strip it all away
Forever looking backwards, darling, I do not forget
I've been with you a thousand times on a thousand other days
And, just because you tell me 'bout all your glistening connections
You give yourself, the confidante, but, I do not need protection
You could tell me tales and I could pretend to listen
But, I'm sure we've both got better things to do...

She said, "I cannot believe you, tell me whatcha trying to say?"
I said, "Take it as you want to, me, I take it from the side"
She said, "I think that you mistake me..." as she turned the other way
I said, "I only see you better, darling, the more you try to hide"
Just because it's getting late and you're ready to go home now
That don't mean that I'm the one to take you to your door now
You could tell me tales and I could pretend to listen
But, I'm sure we've both got better things to do...
Track Name: Strong, After the Fall
We stood at the edge, I took your hand
Faint, distant and far, there was blood in the wind
You, you were not afraid, drawn to a call
I watched you grow strong, after the fall

I always think about time, so little of it is mine
So, I spend it with you...

Deep, deep in the winter, in the darkest of days
You prepared a gift and you brought it to me

You always live in the moment, say it's the "now" that's important
So, you spend it with me...

Now, as I lie down, I start to dream
I see your face and the places we've been

We watched the century burn, we watched it turn
It was just like any other day
But, hey, I'm still in love with you, babe...
Track Name: Clancy's Song
Here I find myself again
It's you, it's me and it's your friends
It seems they always come around
I know they think I'm kind of strange
I'm from a different part of town

One more wasted afternoon
I spent sitting in your room
Waiting for some kind of sign
I've got things I should be doing
And, I've got stuff upon my mind


If it's all the same I'll just go home
You won't find me hanging around anymore outside your door
These flowers wilting as I hold 'em, you wouldn't want them anyway
I think I'll just go home if it's all the same...

I don't play guitar that good
Least, not like the way I should after doing this so long
But, still, I, every now and then
Will try to come up with a song

But, tonight I'm feeling tired
Yeah, I'm dragging as I speak, you ain't listening anyway
But, you won't let me go to sleep
The morning ain't that far away...


You don't have to say you'll call
I don't need you to explain, I know you think I wish you would
But, you couldn't change it anyway
I don't know why I thought you could
Track Name: Ages Away

I could write it all down if I could figure it out
If I knew what I wanted to say
The only thing that is clear is I want to be near you
But, it feels like your ages away

I guess it kind of happened fast
From the first time that I saw you, I should have know, perhaps
I know you were not looking, but, you answered when I asked
And, now, I find that I am missing you, I don't want to put you past, no no no...

The differences 'tween you and me are not that difficult to see
I don't know, do you think that means that we could never be?
But, then what about the vision I cannot seem to escape at night?
Your little hands, your changing eyes that stared back into mine so many times...


I know I live inside of my romantic world
And, I don't think that that is something I can change
I know it makes it hard for you to figure out what you should do
Assuming that the question still remains
I don't think that i need that much, it's a matter of position
It's a matter of perception, and it hangs
Suspended in the present, sounding echoes in the future
I cannot hear them, but I know that they'll be ringing...

Track Name: Welcome Home
I'm driving to St. Louis, it's about nine hours away
But, time is just a measure, babe, yeah, the distance is okay
I'm going to see a couple friends and to watch some baseball games
Find a bar and talk awhile, listen to the band begin to play
Watch that Mississippi glide south from Memphis all the way to New Orleans
I crossed the line near Keokuk, into a light Missouri rain
Though the sky is gray, baby, everything looks green

Back in Minnesota, my lover waits for me
I lingered in her goodbye kiss, she's the one I long to see
If home is where the heart is, ain't that what somebody said?
Then home, for me, is any place she's lying in my bed
The days went fast, now i'm on the road again
I've got time to think, I've got time to make some plans
Sometimes, I've got to get away, if only to come home
If only just to hear her say again


Welcome home, welcome home, welcome home
Welcome home, welcome home, welcome home
Everywhere I go, no matter where I go
I will always come home to you...

With many miles behind me, I still got a few to go
A song from 1966 plays on my radio
The highway is a friend to me, that's how it's always been
It takes me where I want to go, then it brings me back again
The times will change, and grow this body old
But, my eyes see just as clear as yesterday
Though I start to tire as I drive into the night
All i love awaits and I know i'll get home safe

Track Name: I Can Do Anything
I can do anything, but it's hard for me to play harmonica
So, I go do something else...
Track Name: August '95
I had no obligations on a summer afternoon
I found myself among a crowd, but i was thinking about you
The avenue was glistening just like right after it rains
It was right before the night fell, my favorite time of day,
My favorite time...

There were vendors on the sidewalk, there were people in the street
As I wandered through the festival just following my feet
I listened to a candidate, and i heard him make a speech
He said, "All these I promise you, they are well within our reach"
I just walked on

I bumped into a girl I used to kiss, we said "Hello"
I hadn't seen her for some time, 'cause we never were that close
But, she knew all about you, said she shared your point of view
Though I wasn't sure just what she meant I said i shared it, too
'Cause, i usually do


I don't want to talk about a revolution
I just want to lie with you in bed all day
Softly, through the window i can hear a radio
Gently, I can feel you breathing as I watch you sleep

The sky began to darken and the bands began to play
A group of kids smoked cigarettes in a yard behind the stage
I listened to some music, then I walked around some more
Gave a buck to a magician doing tricks inside a doorway
It disappeared

I saw another girl, once was my friend, until she found the Truth
Now, she just regards me as a stumble from her youth
She used to call me all the time to tell me how to change
'Til, finally, i quit answering and the phone just rang and rang
It rang and rang...


Now, many summers later, I still think about that day
For some reason I remember it though it grows further away
Before I was a Father, before you were a wife
Back in our early days when I was quite amazed to find you in my life
I said "Come on in..."
And, I'm glad you stayed


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