The Great Train

from by Jane Siberry

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lyrics

you know, when the great train
of freedom comes
no one will be left behind
not the least of sparrows
nor those on their darkest flight
all shall be lifted up into the light
and the stable doors will open
and from cages bird will fly
and the animals will talk to us like they used to
not like this
like THIS
when the great train of freedom comes
when every village bell starts to ring
when every whistle blows in the valleys below
when people look up listening
and angels shall enter the building
with music on their lips
placing stars on our foreheads like a kiss
not like this
like THIS
when the great train of freedom comes
when wealth will be who you are
not what you have
when common sense will guide instead of fear
when we can stand
with honesty and love before the mirror
when all sisters and brothers
stand together
against separation from each other
when in all living things we can hear
the angels sing
when we know, really know that
love is everything
and the butterfly flies between
buildings bright
across the empty lots and through the
barbed wire
then up towards the snowy mountain pass
holding holding
like THIS
like THIS
when in all living things
we can hear the angels sing
when we know, really know
that love is everything
you know, this great train of freedom
has come a long, long way
over a long, long time
right to where we stand
here
together
today

credits

from ANGELS BEND CLOSER, released November 18, 2016
Jane: vocals, piano, organ
Rebecca Jenkins, Ali Hughes,
Jocelyn Barth: backing vocals
Chris Bilton: piano (the beautifully played last verse)
Ken Myhr: electric guitars
Drew Jurecka: violin
Rebekah Wolkstein: violin
Brandon Chui: viola
Amy Laing: cello
Lief Mosbaugh: oboe
Aubrey Dayle: drums
Curt Bisquera: drums
David Travers-Smith: trumpets, flugelhorns, e-flat peck horns, keyboard bass, cymbal swells, moog bass part in verse 5,6, phone bells
Carolyn Fazio: synths, virtual instruments
crickets: God

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