North Central Line

from by Ryan Fitzsimmons

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Inspired and dedicated to "Waiting for the A Train", Syracuse NY's favorite piece of rouge public art. It is statues of people waiting for the train on the old railway platform next to 690 west in downtown Syracuse

lyrics

There are boards on the windows and They've locked all the doors
Though there's nothing to keep safe inside anymore
Just aged yellow paper and old photographs
Lying there on the floor like some sad epitaph
Oh lying there on the floor
Scraps of history lying, not a whole lot more

I'm waiting on the North Central Line
At a station that has no place or time
On a platform pushed up against the new highway
Waiting with the ghosts here at night
Searching for the tracks or the light
Of the engines that interstate dusted away
That train don't stop anymore…

There's a bridge over nothing on the old interstate
Past Route 14 'round mile 168
10 tons of steel over an old railroad bed
Just in case they decide to bring it back from the dead
Maybe lay those tracks down once more
from those city lights
To the Ontario Shore

Waiting on the North Central Line
At a station that has no place or time
On platform that is slowly rotting away
Waiting with the statues at night
Searching for what's long out of sight
At this station next to the new highway
That train don't stop anymore

Gleaming white sign for the last gas station
Out on the new highway
Takes on a new kind of personification
Out on the new highway
I'm sure that horizon looks just like a mirror
Out on the new highway
Maybe the blue reflection's a little bit clearer
Out on the new highway

The tranes in your mind seem to all intertwine
Out on the new highway
All of the tears seem a bit less sincere
Out on the new highway
The ghosts of the past are all walking at last
Out on the new highway
The trains are all gone but your still moving on
Out on the new highway

Waiting on the North Central Line
At a station that has no place or time
On platform where nobody waits anyway
Waiting is only a word
That is seldom spoken or heard
At this station up against the new highway
That train don't stop anymore
That train don't stop here anymore

credits

from Cold Sky, released September 24, 2011
Ryan Fitzsimmons - acoustic guitar and vocals
Dana Price - violin and vocals
Ian Goldstein - mandolin and vocals
Faisal Aswat - bass
Jim Larkin - drums

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Ryan Fitzsimmons Boston, Massachusetts

Aquarium Drunkard said: "His rhythmic folk songs are more of the hand-banging variety, his delivery marked with dark traces like the end of the night, and he plays with captivating confidence."

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