the song
title : Dog train
written by : The Levellers
song copyright : © 1997 Empire Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Mark Chadwick lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Jon Sevink violin
Simon Friend banjo
Jeremy Cunningham bass guitar
Charlie Heather drums
with :
Steve Broughton keyboards
The Kick Horns brass
Eddi Reader backing vocal
music
key : F sharp minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 146
form : v v v V V v v V V v v v v v v v v v
lyrics

provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

Dog train

well this is murder
yeah, on the dark train
when all the brakes have failed
and I’m going down hill

and if you see me wave
yeah, I’m only saying bye bye
there’s not a single tear
here in my eye
la-la-la-la


la la-la-la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la la-la-la-la {etc.}

and if you’ve heard this before
yeah, I’m gonna say it again
that life was easy when
I didn’t have a clue

because this is murder
yeah, I’m getting dog tired
let’s make the world brand new
how about you
la-la-la-la


la la-la-la-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la la-la-la la-la-la-la {etc.}
{how about you ?, repeated}

explanations
the words sung only by some of the backing vocalists in the last verses of la-la-las are unclear behind the lead and backing vocals

the recording
personnel
produced by : Jon Kelly
recorded by : Andrew Scarth at Metway, Brighton
mixed by : Andrew Scarth? assisted by Lee Phillips at Westside Studios
mastered by : Tim Young at Metropolis
technical
track timing : 4:30
song timing : 4:28
released on
album : Mouth to mouth track 1