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Lyr Add: Poison Train (Michael O'Rourke)

Stewie 04 Mar 00 - 08:52 PM
Oversoul 04 Mar 00 - 09:22 PM
Stewie 05 Mar 00 - 12:33 AM
Rick Fielding 05 Mar 00 - 12:56 AM
Stewie 05 Mar 00 - 01:15 AM
Bob Bolton 05 Mar 00 - 04:22 AM
Stewie 05 Mar 00 - 05:13 AM
Callie 05 Mar 00 - 08:02 AM
Chris/Darwin 05 Mar 00 - 08:51 AM
GUEST,Anne 26 May 13 - 03:35 AM
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Subject: ADD: The poison train ^^
From: Stewie
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 08:52 PM

THE POISON TRAIN
(Michael O'Rourke)

This old town has had its day
All the people moved away
And the houses standing empty
In the dry and the dusty day
No one cares for this old town
Now the money's not around
And the railway lines are rusty
And the station's falling down

Chorus:
There's a light down the line
Let it shine, shine, let it shine
There's a camp down the way
All the fettlers will be coming home today

When the railway opened here
All the gutters flowed with beer
And the people stood beside the line
To watch and wave and cheer
All the speeches that were made
When the bosses smiled and said
'The good times are just beginning
Follow us and you'll go ahead'

Chorus

Well, they built the street so wide
It would be a thing of pride
To walk across it drunk
Or throw a stone to the other side
And the buildings grew so tall
You would tremble at the fall
But they've just dried out
And you would never know
There was anyone there at all

Chorus

I still hear the tall man say
To the children at their play
'You'd better go home early
And you'd better stay away
Stay away from the line
Can't you hear the railway humming
The grass has grown too tall
And the poison train is coming

Chorus

You feel sorry for the grass
All it did was grow too fast
All the weapons used against it
It was never made to last
And the man and his offsider
Are all dressed in black
As the poison train goes through the town
And blisters all the track

Chorus

Well, it never lasted long
Half the town was packed and gone
And everybody was afraid
To be left there alone
All the people stayed away
And there was no celebration
Nobody made a speech the day
They closed the railway station

Chorus

Published by Greenhouse Publications. Source: Roy Bailey 'New Directions in the Old' Fuse CFCD 402. Recorded by 'Mike O'Rourke on 'Flying Pieman' 1980.
PS.

The image of the 'Poison Train' is used by O'Rourke to describe the decay of outback towns that grew too quicly. The fast-growing grass around the railway tracks has to be burnt back.
^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison train
From: Oversoul
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 09:22 PM

Thanks for the up-beat ditty! I feel like jumping in a boiling pit of sewage. Better yet, you and the bloke who wrote that hold hands and make a flying leap, thanks for the lovely images!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison train
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 12:33 AM

Davecoje

What the hell are you on about - or on?

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison train
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 12:56 AM

Hi Stewie. Good song. Do you have any information on Mike O'Rourke? His name has come up (here in Toronto) a couple of times, and I'd like to check out his other stuff.

Hope you're enjoying the refreshing warmth and wit of newcomer Davecoje as much as I am!!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison train
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 01:15 AM

Hi Rick,

I don't know much about him. I got a tape of a few good songs from Tony. Send a personal message to 'Tony in Darwin' and I'm sure he will be able to help you out with information etc. O'Rourke is a personal friend of his.

I'd have to say that Davecoje is different, to say the least.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison train
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 04:22 AM

G'day Stewie and Rick,

The Poison Train is in Songs of Australian Working Life, Thérèse Radic, Greenhouse Publications, 1989. She says of Mike O'Rourke:

"... an important singer and songwriter of the Australian Folk Revival. O'Rourke was brought up on the Atherton Tableland, which seems to have provided the central image of this song. The train he refers to is the defoliant special used in tropis northern Queensland to keep the tracks free of weeds. O'Rourke equates it with the ruthlessness of economic forces against which the rural community feels powerless."

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison train
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 05:13 AM

Bob, thanks for that.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison train
From: Callie
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 08:02 AM

There's an excellent version of the song by The Fagans on "Kitchen Dance" --Callie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison train
From: Chris/Darwin
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 08:51 AM

Heard the Fagans sing this at Woodford 99, with Nancy Kerr playing fantastic fiddle. Hope they record it again with Nancy.

Regards
Chris


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison Train (Michael O'Rourke)
From: GUEST,Anne
Date: 26 May 13 - 03:35 AM

I knew Michael O'Rourke personally way back when. Pleased to see his songs living on even though Michael has long since passed away.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison Train (Michael O'Rourke)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 May 13 - 06:53 AM

Poison Train is a very popular song in Sydney singing sessions & further afield

Jason & Chloe Roweth singing 'Poison Train'

sandra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison Train (Michael O'Rourke)
From: GUEST,SqueezeMe
Date: 26 May 13 - 12:02 PM

"Well, they built the street so wide
It would be a thing of pride
To walk across it drunk
Or throw a stone to the other side"

Just love those particular lines; so beautifully descriptive. Henry would have been proud....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison Train (Michael O'Rourke)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 18 - 05:08 AM

Michael played in the band 'Flying Pieman' - we played several of his songs -
Poison Train, No Man's a Stranger, Sweet Necessity & T.I.Woman. He was a
quirky man - funny but quiet.
A recent recording by Ken McMaster includes at least one of his songs - the
wonderful 'Good time coming'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison Train (Michael O'Rourke)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 21 Apr 18 - 05:33 AM

Meanwhile in Alabama...

NYC sewage train stuck for two months


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Poison Train (Michael O'Rourke)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Apr 18 - 11:07 AM

phew!

I hadn't realised Michael O'Rourke also wrote No Man's A Stranger & T.I. Woman


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