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I lost everything I had
in the '29 flood
the barn was buried
beneath a mile of mud
now I've got nothing
but the whistle and the steam
my baby leaving town on the 2:19

now there's a fellow that's preaching
about hell and damnation
bouncing off the walls
in the grand central station
I treated her bad
I treated her mean
my baby leaving town on the 2:19

I said hey hey
I don't know what to do
hey hey
I will remember you
hey hey
I don't know what to do
my baby leaving town on the 2:19

now I've always been puzzled
by the yin and the yang
it'll come out in the wash
but it always leaves a stain
sturm and drang
the luster and the sheen
my baby leaving town on the 2:19

lost the baby with the water
and the preacher stole the bride
sent her out for a bottle
but when she came back inside
she didn't have my whiskey
she didn't have my gin
with a hat full of feathers
and a wicked grin

I said hey hey
I don't know what to do
hey hey
I will remember you
hey hey
I don't know what to do
my baby leaving town on the 2:19

on the train you get smaller
as you get farther away
the roar covers everything
you wanted to say
was that a raindrop in
the corner of your eye
were you drying your nails
or waving goodbye

I said hey hey
I don't know what to do
hey hey
I will remember you
hey hey
I don't know what to do
my baby leaving town on the 2:19

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from Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (Remastered), released November 21, 2006

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