Raul Malo's cover version

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

The above lyrics are for Raul Malo's (of The Mavericks) cover version of DOWNBOUND TRAIN. It was included on the Bruce Springsteen tribute album Badlands - A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska.

Available Versions

List of available versions of DOWNBOUND TRAIN on this website:

DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Album version]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Early demo #1]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Early demo #2]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Nebraska demo version]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Live 21 Jun 1985 version]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Live 11 Aug 1999 version]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Live 25 Jun 2005 version]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [The Smithereens' cover version]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Raul Malo's cover version]
DOWNBOUND TRAIN [Kirk Kelly's cover version]