Train in Vain

from Songs About Girls by Prince Perry

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London Calling by The Clash is my favourite record of all time closely followed by Jimmy Cliff's The Harder They Come. After that I'd have a hard time choosing a top five though it would probably include Steel Pulse: Earth Crisis, The Monks: Bad Habits, The Specials self entitled LP, The English Beat- self Entitled and Special Beat Service. OK, that's seven I know and I didn't even mention Toots, The Skatalites and others that move me to my core.

So what's the point of all this. Well, I wanted to make sure this record had a Clash tune on it and, since the theme is Girls, I chose this one. Also it's kind of the theme song of my life.

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Train in Vain (The Clash)

You say you stand by your man
Tell me something I don't understand
You said you love me and that's a fact
And then you left me, said you felt trapped

Well some things you can explain away
But the heartache's with me till this day

[Chorus]
Did you stand by me
No, not at all
Did you stand by me
No way

All the times
When we were close
I'll remember these things the most
I see all my dreams come tumbling down
I can't be happy without you around

So all alone I keep the wolves at bay
And there is only one thing that I can say

Did you stand by me
No, not at all
Did you stand by me
No way

You must explain why this must be
Did you lie when you spoke to me

Did you stand by me
No, not at all

Now I got a job
But it don't pay
I need new clothes
I need somewhere to stay
But without all these things I can do
But without your love I won't make it through

But you don't understand my point of view
I suppose there's nothing I can do

Did you stand by me
No, not at all
Did you stand by me
No way

You must explain why this must be
Did you lie when you spoke to me?

Did you stand by me
Did you stand by me
No, not at all
Did you stand by me
No way
Did you stand by me
No, not at all
Did you stand by me
No way

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from Songs About Girls, released December 12, 2009
Written by: Strummer, Jones, Headon, Simonon

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Charismatic, compelling and peripatetic, Prince Perry channels his coming of age idols of Elvis Costello, Terry Hall and Joe Strummer into a unique blend of passionate, ska-infused rock and roll that leaves you feeling like it’s not too late to be happy with your life. Or at least someone else's whom you know well enough to borrow their car. ... more

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