Paying homage to the roots of your Coffee House Rock!

To all my fellow Train fans, I pose this question to you:

Did you not catch the similarities between BRUISES & Harry Chapin's "TAXI"?

It appears as if Pat and the band is paying homage to the roots of their coffee house rock. Channeling Billy Joel with THIS WILL BE MY YEAR's similarities to WE DIDNT START THE FIRE. Then blatantly taking title references from Paul Simon's 50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER & writing their own 50 WAYS TO SAY GOOD BYE.

I relish the genuflection and nuances that Pat's writing has become famous for by plucking Pop Culture from the last 40 years & inserts them into their songs my family has come to love!

Rock on Train! & PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY BACK TO LONG ISLAND SOON! WE MISS YOU GUY! Brookhaven Amphitheatre on Bald-hill in summer of 2006 was by far one of the best shows we have seen yet!

How about playing JONES BEACH this year since you’re going to be in Central Park, come & hang out for a few more days & play JONES BEACH in August!

BTW, did you happen to pick up on the fact that all 3 of the musicians mentioned here that Train has paid tribute to with California 37 are all from NY???

Maybe they should spend more time writing about their NY experiences instead of California for the next album!

 

Tags: Billy, Central, Chapin, Harry, Joel, NY, Park, Paul, Simon

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Ah, I love "Taxi" by Harry Chapin! One of those timeless songs for me! Im not sure I see the similairty to "bruises" (except for the fact its people looking back on their lives). But in Taxi its about one particular relationship, whereas Bruises is about all the bruises of life and love!

 

As for your mention of new york - yes, as a born and raised brooklyn girl, Id love to hear some new york centered Train songs!


 Hello Alison Wonderland...

Sorry if your auditory functions were ringing but if you compare the lyrics of Taxi & Sequel to those of Bruises, you will see how old friends, lost love, rekindling an old flame after divorce are the focus of both Train’s & Chapin’s imagery.

The Folk/blue grass chords that permeate all of Chapin’s music and the folkie/Country twang of Bruises gives off the vibe Pat & his partner have that dueling Banjos feel that gets you snapping your finger & tapping your toes to the beat.


Alison Wonderland said:

Hmm…I listened to both “Taxi” and “Sequel” …  not a Chapin fan mind you so feeling audibly assaulted at the moment.  These songs rank right up there with “The Night that the Lights Went out in Georgia” and “Wind Beneath my Wings.”

The similarity to Bruises seems a stretch but perhaps the post traumatic song disorder I’m currently experiencing is keeping my thoughts from being clear. :)

 

Compare the lyrics of Taxi & Sequel to those of Bruises, you will see how old friends, lost love, rekindling an old flame after divorce are the focus of both Train’s & Chapin’s imagery.

The Folk/blue grass chords that permeate all of Chapin’s music and the folkie/Country twang of Bruises gives off the vibe Pat & his partner have that dueling Banjos feel that gets you snapping your finger & tapping your toes to the beat.

& YES, Z, I agree with you! NEW YORK ROCKS!!! & if I'm not mistaken, Pat has friends in Brooklyn that he visits when he's in town!


 
Zaidagal said:

Ah, I love "Taxi" by Harry Chapin! One of those timeless songs for me! Im not sure I see the similairty to "bruises" (except for the fact its people looking back on their lives). But in Taxi its about one particular relationship, whereas Bruises is about all the bruises of life and love!

 

As for your mention of new york - yes, as a born and raised brooklyn girl, Id love to hear some new york centered Train songs!

Harry Chapin and billy Joel  are my all time favorites for the last 40 years. I know every song  each one of them ever wrote or sung.  In the last couple of years I have had the same reactions to Pat Monahan's voice as my feelings for billy and Harry ONLY pat's voice is much better.  Then you discuss and compare the three of them. I now understand my love of pat's music and lyrics is connected to my musical past. It does have to do with my new York roots. I sat in clubs listening to billy and Harry the same way I do to pat Monahan.old fans never die even if  the talent does  they just re-connect with similar talent. I don't understand why pat has to call himself train. Billy and Harry used their own names. Thanks for helping make things clearer for me

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