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The Ballad of Amtrak Jane

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I once met a girl named Jane
Passing through town on the Amtrak train
Didn't have a ticket or a place to stay
Knew that she was different so I helped her pay (x3)

She wore tattered shoes, drew a watch on her wrist
Sang the blues as we cruised through the mountains out west
Investing her questions, testing my patience
Proclaimed we both singers I said technically yes
Well, She didn't see a difference, and I didn't see a purpose
To confer with a girl like Jane who was a burden
She didn't know her birthplace said her mama was a virgin, A run away
stow away- Jane knew the route, every turn
But something confused me as we got to conversing
Discussed matters politicin from Sioux Falls to Sturgis
Jane worked in a cubicle, broke down, almost murdered
Everyone in her building exaggerating I inferred
Announcing now I hop trains, hope to see the world
Plus I'm writing a book about my travels a page turner
Used to make six figures but it ain't fix sadness
It just paid taxes, Became a sheep and I had it

I once met a girl named Jane
Passing through town on the Amtrak train
Didn't have a ticket or a place to stay
Knew that she was different so I helped her pay (x2)

The locomotive stopped we parted ways with some passengers
Til it was only Jane and I portraying panhandlers
Illuminated by the moon we rode on through the night
Tried to put up a fight, but had me mesmerized
By which I mean the logic Janes wacky point of view
She didn't try to force it on me in my mind I knew
And listen cuz the story that I'm tellin be true
Jane even lost her cool once yeah she called me a fool
She said if I gived a shit your judgment would give me chills
Confronting, proclaiming something bout existing for the thrill
Between us, if this train derailed I'd be apathetic
You so goddamn vain probably assumed I'm just some meth addict
I ain't ask to eat or even look at your food
Or go through your things when you used the restroom
You boys defined by Material possessions
to those without a clue in they brain or common senses
We born the same and die the same just hop different fences
All your life you've been slaving for a pension
Since the beginning bet you figured out the end
Twists and turns, Lessons learned in the wild Wild West

I once met a girl named Jane
Passing through town on the Amtrak train
Didn't have a ticket or a place to stay
Knew that she was different so I helped her pay (x2)

We pulled in half past noon to St. Peters
Never saw Jane again never forgot about her either
All aboard the Amtrak, I'm denied clearance
Cause I argued with an empty seat the passengers feared me