has logged up thousands of miles on tour buses. His journeys are far more comfortable than the song's itinerant traveler, who is often cold and hungry, but the singer can identify with the feelings of dislocation and loneliness. Gill wrote the song while reflecting on his own life on the road:
"It just has such a great history of Grapes of Wrath
and just old school people hopping freight trains and struggling and riding them out," he said in a press release. "Maybe Dust Bowl folks riding them out, copping a ride on a train somewhere. I just think that that whole image of riding a train has just this great beauty to it. So, it's really just a song of reflection, of a life that at times is lonely but 'I don't want to ride the rails no more. I want to find a woman's love worth dying for.' That's yearning. It's hopeful."