Robyn Hitchcock Song Catalogue

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry        Lyrics |  Tab |  Gigs |  New Search

Author: Bob Dylan

Released on 1 record:

This Is the BBC, 2006  (CD)  Hux 074


Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby,
Can't buy a thrill.
Well, I've been up all night, baby,
Leanin' on the window sill.
Well, if I die
On top of the hill
And if I don't make it,
You know my baby will.

Don't the moon look good, mama,
Shinin' through the trees?
Don't the brakeman look good, mama,
Flagging down the "Double E"?
Don't the sun look good
Goin' down over the sea?
Don't my gal look fine
When she's comin' after me?

Now the wintertime is coming,
The windows are filled with frost.
I went to tell everybody,
But I could not get across.
Well, I wanna be your lover, baby,
I don't wanna be your boss.
Don't say I never warned you
When your train gets lost.

Copyright © 1965; renewed 1993 Special Rider Music

No guitar tab entered.

Known to have been played live at 12 gigs:

Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians:
Cabaret Metro (Chicago, Illinois US), 4/9/1988 (Concert) not broadcast
Worst Case Scenario: Cubby Bear's (Chicago, Illinois US), 3/5/1989 (the usual suspects) (Concert)
Robyn Hitchcock: Yarmouth Station (Isle of Wight, England UK), 8/26/1995 (Concert)
Robyn Hitchcock: Isle of Wight Bus Tour (Isle of Wight, England UK), 8/10/1996 (Concert)
Robyn Hitchcock: The Roadhouse (Manchester, England UK), 9/5/1996 Homer (Concert)
Robyn Hitchcock: BBC (London, England UK), 1/6/1997 (Radio)
Robyn Hitchcock: Largo (West Hollywood, California US), 5/30/1997 Tim Keegan, others (Concert)
Robyn Hitchcock: Robyn at Sea (Isle of Wight, England UK), 8/16/1997 (Concert)
Robyn Hitchcock: Largo (West Hollywood, California US), 6/20/1998 with Jon Brion, Benmont Tench, and Ethan James (Concert)
Robyn Hitchcock & the Soft Boys: Largo (West Hollywood, California US), 4/11/2001 Peter Buck, Jon Brion, Grant Lee Phillips (Concert) …and Jon Brion
Robyn Hitchcock: Hattie's Hoot (Austin, Texas US), 3/20/2004 w/ Ken Stringfellow, John Wesley Harding "The Threepiece Sweet" (Concert)
Robyn Hitchcock: TT the Bear's (Cambridge, Massachusetts US), 3/29/2005 (Concert) acoustic

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