Theologically interesting lyric (TIL) #1: Electric Train

Ok, this is the beginning of a series I’ve been meaning to start up for quite some time.

My mission: I’m going to post a lyric that attempts to make theological/philosophical observations I find interesting. I may or may not choose to highlight my own specific thoughts on the subject (but you’ll probably be able to get some idea from looking at the post tags).

Your mission: Tell us what you think of the message of the lyric. For instance, tell what you think the lyricist(s) observations were, what you think of those observations, or how well they performed lyrical artistry in this song. Don’t concentrate so much on why you do or don’t like the artist/musical genre, etc.

Electric Train

written by Larry Tagg, recorded by Bourgeois Tagg on Bourgeois Tagg

In the beginning…I had nothing to do
I was all alone in a big empty room
So I decided to build myself an electric train
It took six days’ time, things were never the same

Monday I built the track
It looked straight but it came right back
‘Cause it curved so slow if you leave from here
You go far as you can go and you’ll be back in a year

Monday, Tuesday, line the railway
Wednesday, Thursday, make it straight
Friday, Saturday, watch out that day
Saturday could be a big mistake

Chorus:

Monday, Tuesday, line the railway
Wednesday, Thursday, make it straight
Friday, Saturday, watch out for Saturday
That day could be a big mistake

Friday I took my train
I shined it, I greased it, I shined it again
I set the groove of the wheels on the rail
But it only moved when I pushed it myself

So by Saturday evening I wasn’t alone
‘Cause I took it and gave it a mind of its own
It’d grease its own wheels, it’d make its own way
I said to myself, “This train is gonna run ’til judgment day.”

Monday, Tuesday, line the railway
Wednesday, Thursday, make it straight
Friday, Saturday, watch out that day
Saturday could be a big mistake

Monday, Tuesday, line the railway
Wednesday, Thursday, make it straight
Friday, Saturday, watch out for Saturday
That day could be a big mistake

Sunday was my day of rest
I sat back and watched it go
It went backwards and forwards, it went too fast
It heated up the track ’til it started to glow
And pretty soon the rails were fried
My electric train jumped the track
And there it was, it lay on its side
All twisted and burnt black

Monday, Tuesday, line the railway
Wednesday, Thursday, you gotta make it straight
Friday, Saturday, next time no Saturday
That day was a big mistake

I’ll make it again, work out the kinks
You can’t win with a train that thinks

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  • jonathanrobinson

    I love the song, never come across the artist before so thanks for posting. But I conscientiously object to attempt to suggest a meaning for the song. πŸ™‚

  • travisjacobs

    It's impossible to create something that's on the rails when free will is involved. If God had wanted a perfect world then he would have skipped on that Saturday.

  • jamesfmcgrath

    I'm just happy that I'm not the only biblioblogger who remembers Bourgeois Tagg!

  • mikebeidler

    Just for the record, I have both of Bourgeois Tagg's albums, and Brent Bourgeois' three solo albums. Nyah.

    I see a direct parallel with the 6 days of creation, although I don't think Larry Tagg considered that Saturday, not Sunday, was actually the seventh day. (Then again, maybe making the days of creation align one-for-one to the song's lyrics is asking too much.) And as Travis wrote, mankind's free will allowed the train (man) to jump the tracks. Very clever lyrics.

    I’ll make it again, work out the kinks
    You can’t win with a train that thinks

    I'm gonna warp a Mark Twain quote just a tad: When God made man and gave him free will, He quickly realized His mistake. So He made the monkey.

  • Heh…I gotcha. Glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  • Well, “remember” is not quite right for my part. I wasn't aware of them until they were off the scene, but not long after. πŸ™‚

  • Yeah? Well, I'm friends with Brent. (On Facebook, anyway. It does too count!)

    I wondered if anyone would point out the fact that he structured the lyric on our week, with the “day of rest” being Sunday instead of Saturday. Clever technique. And he wasn't even the Christian of the bunch.

    Oh, and I liked your warped quote. πŸ˜‰

  • Heh…I gotcha. Glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  • Well, “remember” is not quite right for my part. I wasn't aware of them until they were off the scene, but not long after. πŸ™‚

  • Yeah? Well, I'm friends with Brent. (On Facebook, anyway. It does too count!)

    I wondered if anyone would point out the fact that he structured the lyric on our week, with the “day of rest” being Sunday instead of Saturday. Clever technique. And he wasn't even the Christian of the bunch.

    Oh, and I liked your warped quote. πŸ˜‰