Fast Train adapted from Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car Lyrics. What do we want? We want fast rail. When do we want it? NOW…

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I have a love-hate relationship with protesting as some of you might know. I feel it is necessary but it is all too often overly-simplistic in its message for my complex, crazy brain to handle. I want to sit people down and engage in conversation rather than have them accept or reject me on a headline that is all too easy to mis-interpret.  Still, sometimes It’s all you have and so I go and do it.

This is what I thought up this morning on my way back from doing my stint.

To the tune of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’

I want a fast train

Buy me a ticket to out there

Maybe we can make a deal

Maybe together we can get somewhere

On the train is better

Starting from zero emissions that’s news

Maybe we’ll make something

Me myself I got nothing to prove.

 

You want a fast train

I’ve got a l plan to get that over here

I been working on protesting more

Managed to write just a little bit of something

Don’t wanna push too hard

Just dot the I’s, cross a couple of T’s

You and I can both get seats

And finally see what it means to be living.

 

See our country’s got a problem

We live with the thought that’s the way it is

We say ‘I’m too tired for protesting’

And ‘the plans they’re all in and you can’t change nothing’

I’ll be seen as a hippy, extreme left wing’

But if you want more from life than what they give

It takes somebody good to go out and sing

So we stood up, that’s what we did.

 

So imagine when we’re travelling, travelling in that train

Speeds so fast we even beat the plane

Sydney lights turn into Melbourne’s glow

A cup of tea and snack laid out as we go

And I have a feeling that I’m not wrong

I, have a feeling that we could get this done, get this done, get this done.

 

I want a fast train,

We’ll go to Brisbane, entertain ourselves

You and I can get a job

And work on the beach before returning home

I know this would be better

Than working as a cleaner in an airport lounge

That’ll get us out of the shelter

And we can buy a bigger house right out in the suburbs

 

So imagine when we’re travelling, travelling in that train

Speeds so fast we even beat the plane

Sydney lights turn into Melbourne’s glow

A cup of tea and snack laid out as we go

And I have a feeling that I’m not wrong

I, have a feeling that we could get this done, get this done, get this done.

 

I want a fast train

It’ll give me a job that pays all our bills

Take us to the Melbourne bars

See more of our friends and your brothers kids

I’m always hopeful for better

Thought maybe together you and me might ride

I got some plans and I’m going somewhere

So I’ll take that fast train and keep on riding.

 
So imagine when we’re travelling, travelling in that train

Speeds so fast we even beat the plane

Sydney lights turn into Melbourne’s glow

A cup of tea and snack laid out as we go

And I have a feeling that I’m not wrong

I, have a feeling that we could get this done, get this done, get this done.

 

I want a fast train

Fast enough so we can get away

I want you to make a decision

Speak tonight or live and die this way.

 

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2 thoughts on “Fast Train adapted from Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car Lyrics. What do we want? We want fast rail. When do we want it? NOW…

  1. Elizabeth Bryden (Liz)

    Another great comment re the train option. A prominent musican could do well with this one and maybe get us some attention. Best wishes and it was good to join forces again last Saturday re the latest wobble board effort.

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