Train Song Lullaby

I hear the train a comin’
It’s rolling round the bend
And I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin’ on
But that train keeps a rollin’ on down to San Antone.
Those lyrics penned by Johnny Cash in his classic song Folsom Prison Blues summarize the way so many of us feel about trains.  I used to lie in my bed at night as a small child in South Carolina, and around midnight, I could hear the whistle of the train that left nightly for New Orleans.  My imagination would run wild, thinking about what the people on that train were doing, and how much fun and adventure they would have once they got to the Crescent City.  Just the thought of being on that train would soothe and comfort me, and the next thing I knew, I would be asleep.
Trains symbolize adventure, and the quest for a better, more exciting life.  As human beings, our Creator hardwired into us a desire to better our lot.  Look what a migratory species we are.  It is incredible just to think about the North American continent, and how people got here using land bridges and ice pathways that are no longer even there.  From a small part of the globe where man was first created, our sense of adventure has caused us to fan out all across the planet.  By boat, by plane, and yes, by train.
When we hear the whistle blow, as Johnny Cash sings about, we don’t just hear a mechanical device hurtling down the tracks.  We hear our past and our present and our future calling us into the great unknown, and a search for a better life.  After all, we’re humans and we have a sense of wonder written into our hearts.
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Johnny Master is a young, handsome country singer-songwriter who leaves his family behind in West Virginia, moves to Nashville, and stakes everything on a career in the music industry. Upon his move to Nashville, he is taken in by a tavern owner, Maude, who believes in him from the moment he walks into her club. Johnny’s career takes off, and as it does, the temptations that so often accompany success in the music industry come with it.

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