Midnight Train

from by Elizabeth Hummel

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    It’s About Time was many years in the making. The songs span most of my songwriting career, from Aphrodite (1986) to Time and Experience (2014). There is a lot of love in this album! The songs cover a lot of ground, but carry a common theme of living life fully, engaging to the max in the blink of time we are here. I am grateful to my friends and fellow musicians who put their heart and brilliance into this recording with me. Here’s hoping this music will help you heal, grow, love, and experience your own life more fully.

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about

I wrote most of this song while hanging out in a recording studio in LA with a friend who was recording there. There was a Santa Ana going on, the studio was a famous one that had pictures of the Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra on the walls. There was an engineer there who was from Halifax that I talked to on breaks. I don't remember his name, and I am sure changed his story quite a bit in my imagination. It's about that tension and sadness that people from watery and wild places feel sometimes in big cities. I guess I related to it at the time. Never quite finished it then, but pulled it out a few years ago and wrote the rest after I moved back up north to Washington. and wrote the rest after I moved back up north to Washington.

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There’s a girl in Halifax
She likes to write me letters of love
Red lipstick on the back
Of a dirty envelope
I’ve never been to Newfoundland
But I’ve been to Nova Scotia
Sometimes I’m an honest man
I get my feelings from the Ocean
But it’s different in California

Will you be on the midnight train?
Out of the cold clear north it just isn’t the same
Will you be on the midnight train?
Bring me your broken heart
I’ll give you my name

Driving Sunset Boulevard
Everything is shining in motion
Everyone thinks they got it hard
They’re all looking for some devotion
Billboards are bigger and louder than love

Will you be on the midnight train?
Out of the cold clear north it just isn’t the same
Will you be on the midnight train?
Into this wasted world
Of money and fame

I work in this studio
I watch the stars coming and going
City’s drying out my bones
But I remember water flowing
Through the ice in Nova Scotia

Will you be on the midnight train?
Out of the cold clear north it just isn’t the same
Will you be on the midnight train?
Come and cleanse my heart
With a promise of rain

credits

from It's About Time, released July 12, 2014
Elizabeth: guitar and vocs
Robin Toye: drums
Reva Wittenberg: vocs
John Nasan: electric guitar
Jon Green: upright bass
Brian Castillo: engineering

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