that long black train.

I LOVE Pandora internet radio. It has gotten me through hours of work at jobs for the last several years. If you’ve never looked at this site, I highly suggest it! You can choose from countless different genre-focused stations they put out, OR, you can build your own station based on an artist/artists that you enjoy. At my work here at APU, I provide the music for the whole office with my Pandora station. Currently, it’s set to their “Traditional Country Hymns Radio”, and it has been for the last few months. (actually, since my interns left for the summer, because Alex used to always change it to Bon Iver radio). And today, my boss commented on how strange he thinks it is that I, a 23-year-old female youth worker, chooses to enjoy old-time country gospel during the work hours. And I laughed and shook my head and had no explanation to offer. I just love it! I love old hymns, especially, and always wish we sang more at church, though I’m a big Hillsongs fan, too, don’t get me wrong. 🙂 This song just came on, and I wish I could set it on replay all day…..

There’s a long black train,
Comin’ down the line,
Feedin’ off the souls that are lost and cryin’,
Rails of sin, only evil remains
Watch out brother for that Long Black Train

Look to the heavens
You can look to the skies
You can find redemption
Staring back into your eyes
There is protection and there’s Peace the same,
burnin’ your ticket for that Long Black Train

‘Cause there’s victory in the Lord I say,
Victory in the lord,
Cling to the Father and His holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

There’s an engineer on that Long Black Train,
Makin’ you wonder if the ride is worth the pain,
He’s just a waiting on your heart to say
Let me ride on that Long Black Train,

But you know there’s victory in the Lord I say,
Victory in the Lord,
Cling to the Father and His holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

Well, I can hear the whistle from a mile away,
It sounds so good
But I must stay away
That train is a beauty, makin’ everybody stare
But its only destination is the middle of nowhere,

But you know there’s victory in the Lord I say,
Victory in the Lord,
Cling to the Father and His holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that Long Black Train

I said cling to the Father and His holy name
And don’t go ridin’ on that long black train
Yeah, watch out brother for that long black train
That Devil’s a drivin’ that long black train.

I LOVE this song. Josh Turner can be a little overwhelmingly country for me with the aggressively unbuttoned flannels and his very strategically scruffy facial hair, but his voice is one of my favorites. It’s very old-time country and reminds me of Johnny Cash and my current favorite American Idol, Scotty McCreery, when he sings this song. And I got to thinkin’…..well, first I “got to thinkin'” that this music makes me talk like an old foghey….and then I got to thinkin’ about what this song means and what he’s singing about. And while it’s old-fashioned and a little hokey, I love the message of the attraction of sin and the devil’s conspiracy to get people “on the train”. We ALL fight the desire to take things the easiest way and to come into life holding our ticket for that long black train that comes with being born with a sinful nature. And yet, there is the promise of Scripture that if we hold tightly onto our Father and His sacrifice for us, that there is VICTORY; sweet, sweet, victory, in the Lord.

Call it old-time, call it hokey, but this made an impact on me today. 🙂

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