Ride The Train

Album: Feels So Right (1981)

Songfacts®:

  • Alabama bass player Teddy Gentry wrote this track for the band's fifth studio album, their first to hit #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. On the Billboard 200, which includes all genres, the album peaked at #16, where it stayed for over three years.
  • "I was always a big fan of trains, fascinated by them when I was growing up," Gentry told us in a Songfacts interview. "I heard my grandpa tell stories about how he and his brother used to jump on a train, go to Chattanooga and get off. I always thought that would be cool to do. So it was really kind of an imaginary trip for me to take on a train."
  • Because they had to submit the artwork for the album a month before it was finished, the band was forced to put the cart before the horse, so to speak. Gentry explained: "The funny thing about the song is that I had to turn in the title before I wrote it, and I had a time limit on it. So I had to write the song and make the time come out close to the same time that we had listed on the record."

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