Track 8 Not Going Down There No More

Derailed trains

Recording and Mixing Dates: Recorded March 31-April 4, 2015. Mixed February 23, 2016.

 

Genesis: I came up with the tune and title refrain on October 12, 2012. Some of the verses came to me later that month while walking. There are times when the rhythm of a song matches my stride and words come more easily. The first verse is based on the oil trains that ship North Dakota and Canadian crude oil to refineries in the east. Concerns had been raised about derailments of these trains and the carnage that would result. These concerns were confirmed on July 6, 2013 in the Canadian town of Lac Megantic. A 74-car oil train rolled down a hill and exploded, decimating the town and killing 47 people.

The other verses are more open-ended.

Production: Bass guitar, drums, Dobro, acoustic guitars, banjo guitar. Thanks to Don Arney for suggesting the Dobro.

Lyrics

NOT GOING DOWN THERE NO MORE

Oil train tore through this town

Blew it up burned it down

We’re all back to common ground

Not going down there no more

Not going down there no more

I’ve persevered in all I tried

Fought my way to the sunny side

Got sent back when the engine died

Not going down there no more

Not going down there no more

Some grab their blues off the rack

Got mine custom all in black

Turned some heads at the sugar shack

Not going down there no more

Not going down there no more

The dice went cold

The deal went down

Fingers pointed all around

Pony up

Clean the slate

When knives are drawn

Time won’t wait.

Rough justice in the park

Bad assassins missed their mark

It’s all over when the screen goes dark

Not going down there no more

Not going down there no more

Whiskey-soaked, stale cigars

Star and stripes, stars and bars

Watching wounds turn into scars

Not going down there no more

Not going down there no more

Not going down there no more

Copyright 2016 Fred Grittner All Rights Reserved

Track 8 Not Going Down There No More

2 thoughts on “Track 8 Not Going Down There No More

  1. Jan Hauenstein says:

    Good song. I do like the lyrics. Good groove. If there is anything that´s worth suggesting – I am not convinced the banjo fits perfectly.

    Like

  2. Fred Grittner says:

    Thanks, Jan. I was going for a “dark” tenor banjo sound on my banjo-guitar. It fits with the chord progression, which to my ears would have worked in the 1920s.

    Like

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