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"Passengers"
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album _Recitement_
(Stephen Emmer, 2008)

written by Paul Therouh/Stephen Emmer

Lou Reed: voice
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        Ever since childhood
        when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine
        I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished
        I was on it
        Those whistles sing bewitchment
        railways are irresistible bazaars
        snaking along perfectly level no matter what the landscape
        improving your mood with speed
        and never upsetting your drink
        If a train is large and comfortable
        you don't even need a destination
        But I had chosen Asia

        Anything is possible on a train
        a good meal
        a binge
        a visit from cardplayers
        an intrigue
        a good night's sleep
        and strangers' monologues framed like Russian short stories
        It was my intension to board every train
        that chugged into view from Victoria Station in London
        to Tokyo Central
        to take the branch line to Simla
        the spur through the Khyber Pass and the chord line
        that links Indian Railways with those in Ceylon
        the Mandalay Express
        the Malaysian Golden Arrow
        the locals in Vietnam
        and the trains with bewitching names
        the Orient Express
        the North Star
        the Trans-Siberian
        I sought trains
        I found passengers




        {Gm}{Gm}{Gm}{Gm}

        {Gm}{Gm}{D#}{D#}
        {Cm}{Cm}{F}{F/F#}
        {Gm}{Gm}{D#}{D#}
        {Cm}{Cm}{F}{F}

        {C}{C}{Dm}{Dm}
        {D#}{D#}{F}{F}

        {Gm}{Gm}

        {Gm}{Gm}{D#}{D#}
        {Cm}{Cm}{F}{F/F#}
        {Gm}{Gm}{D#}{D#}
        {Cm}{Cm}{F}{F}

        {Gm}{Gm}{Gm}{Gm}                   (Ever since ...)
        {A#m}{A#m}{A#m}{A#m}               (I have seldom heard ...)
        {Gm}{Gm}{Gm}{Gm}                   (railways are ...)
        {A#m}{A#m}{A#m}{A#m}               (improving your mood ...)

        {C#}{D#m}{C#}{D#m}                 (you don't even need ...)
        {C#}{D#m}{C#}{D#m}
        {C#}{B}{C#}{B}
        {C#}{B}{C#}{B}
        {Cm}{Cm(onD#)}{Cm(onG)}{Cm(onF)}

        {Gm}{Gm}{D#}{D#}                   (Anything is ...)
        {Cm}{Cm}{F}{F/F#}                  (- from cardplayers ...)
        {Gm}{Gm}{D#}{D#}                   (- Russian short ...)
        {Cm}{Cm}{F}{F}                     (- London, to Tokyo ...)

        {C}{C}{Dm}{Dm}                     (- Pass and the ...)
        {D#}{D#}{F}{F}                     (the Malaysian ...)

        {Gm}{Gm}{Gm}{Gm}                   (the Orient Express ...)
        {Gm}{Gm}{Gm...                     (I found passengers)




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transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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