Song of the Day, February 10: Me And That Train by Patty Larkin

larkintrainToday’s song is a powerful metaphor used with smart grace. From 1991 to 1995, Patty Larkin released a trio of stunning albums: Tango, Angels Running, and Stranger’s World. A standout on the third of these powerful discs is Me and That Train. The central image is a treacherous mountain drive in the ice and snow, with Larkin’s car skidding toward an oncoming train. She uses that drama to frame a handful of stories. Romantic betrayal and armed robbery intersperse with the impending traffic tragedy creating a wonderful tapestry.

Larkin’s vocal is restrained but urgent, building in intensity as the song progresses. Her trademark guitar wizardry enhances the tension nicely. The result is a dramatic story told in parts, the conclusion left to the audience’s imagination.

Enjoy this powerful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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