Stop This Train

Album: Continuum (2006)
  • No, I'm not color blind
    I know the world is black and white
    Try to keep an open mind
    But I just can't sleep on this, tonight

    Stop this train
    I want to get off and go home again
    I can't take the speed it's moving in
    I know I can't
    But, honestly, won't someone stop this train?

    Don't know how else to say it
    I don't want to see my parents go
    One generation's length away
    From fighting life out on my own

    Stop this train
    I want to get off and go home again
    I can't take the speed it's moving in
    I know I can't
    But, honestly, won't someone stop this train?

    So scared of getting older
    I'm only good at being young
    So I play the numbers game
    To find a way to say that life has just begun

    Had a talk with my old man
    Said, "Help me understand"
    He said, "Turn sixty-eight
    You'll renegotiate"

    "Don't stop this train
    Don't for a minute change the place you're in
    And don't think I couldn't ever understand
    I tried my hand
    John, honestly, we'll never stop this train"

    Once in a while, when it's good
    It'll feel like it should
    And they're all still around
    And you're still safe and sound
    And you don't miss a thing
    'Till you cry when you're driving away in the dark

    Singing, stop this train
    I want to get off and go home again
    I can't take the speed it's moving in
    I know, I can't
    'Cause now I see I'll never stop this train. Writer/s: John Clayton Mayer, Pino Palladino
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Jk from LondonI want this played at my funeral. It’s my favourite and it gets me every time.
  • Jake Grissom from Los Angeles, CaThis song is about getting older and learning lessons. John has learned the most valuable lesson of all; the fact that you can't turn back the hands of time.
  • Sam from Lincoln, NeNot only does Mayer express his sense of seeming despair because he's getting older faster than he wants to, he realizes that other people have that same feeling ("had a talk with my old man...said help me understand...he said turn 68; you'll renegotiate"), and that there's nothing we can do to turn the clock back ("'cause now I see I'll never stop this train"). This one gets me teary eyed every time.
  • Kay from Costa Mesa, CaPersonally, it's as if John saw the hearts of people and read their confused and inquiring thoughts. Lyrics flowed at.
    When explaining life, love and unexplained sorrow, this song sums it up.
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