Train travel for many years was the best way to traverse Daniel Lanois' home country of Canada, but by the '90s it had long been in decline. In this song, the train is a symbol for changing times. In a Songfacts interview with Lanois
, he explained: "What I was trying to address in that beyond the specifics of the train was the change of an era and the things we have to leave behind to discover what might be coming around the bend that's fresh. I really feel a lot from that song, that way. And the bends in the road, they keep coming."