Early demo #2
I heard the whistle -- heard that whistle whine
Then I hung my head and cried
Now I swing a sledge hammer on a railroad gang
Knocking down them cross ties, working in the rain
Sometimes don't it feel like you're a rider, baby, on a downbound train
Woa woa, woa woa woa woa
Woa woa, woa woa woa woa woa
This is a practice solo acoustic demo recorded at Springsteen's home in Colt's Neck, NJ, sometime between mid-Sep and Dec 1981, following the end of The River tour. This is an unprofessional "work in progress" home cassette recording. It appears on the Fist Full Of Dollars bootleg.
On this demo, Springsteen tries a finished verse with the rough vocal that will be Nebraska's trade of mark. In these 70 seconds, Bruce sings the verse that will close the final version of the song.
List of available versions of DOWNBOUND TRAIN on this website:DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Album version]