December 03, 2004

Music -- If You Stretch The Term

My son probably sings as well as most five year olds -- which is to say atonally and when he makes up his own songs (frequently) they tend to ramble and make very little sense. I admit that when we're in the car and he's sharing his latest ditty, I tend to tune out. It's sweet and cute and all that, but I can only take so much off-key, tuneless, pointless singing.

The other day he was singing "train songs" though and at one point what he was singing actually registered. He was singing a song he'd named "Don't Get On That Long Black Train, Because It Means Death". He must have gotten that from his dad, but it made me laugh.

Watch out for those long, black trains.


"Long, Black Train" is a recent country song I've heard on the radio a couple times. I can't remember who sings it, but he sounds a lot like Johnny Cash. I assume it's a cover of someone else's original.

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at December 3, 2004 01:26 PM

Even more interesting, because I don't think either Justin or The Boy would have heard that song. Still the long, black train is a relatively common motif, but not one I expected my five year old to pick up on.

Posted by: Jordana at December 3, 2004 01:30 PM

Josh Turner age 26. It is a song he wrote when he was 18 and the long black train symbolizes sin and death. Maybe the Boy is a closet Country fan.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at December 7, 2004 04:24 PM

The boy is an admitted bluegrass and Johnny Cash fan, but I don't think he's listening to country stations behind my back. I hang my head in shame, but every radio we own is tuned to the local public radio station.

Posted by: Jordana at December 7, 2004 04:31 PM