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  • It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

    Mike Cox posted on May 05, 2012 11:48

    It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

    Bob Dylan

    This is a simplified version for the Ukulele.  I think it might work in a group setting if anybody has any thoughts or changes, don’t be shy.  This is my own attempt to play it, not sure if it is good.

    The song is mostly a blues shuffle between C and AM so when you see the [C/Am] it is holding down the First-string-third-fret and dropping and releasing the fourth-string-second-fret.

    Harmonica into, for a verse.

    [C/Am] Well, I ride on a mail train, baby
     Can’t buy a thrill
     Well, I’ve been up all night, baby
     Leanin’ on the window sill
     Well, if I [C7]die
     On[F] top of the [G7]hill [STOP]
     And if [C/Am]I don’t make it
     You know my baby will

    [C/Am] Don’t the moon look good, mama
     Shinin’ through the trees?
     Don’t the brakeman look good, mama
     Flagging down the “Double E?”
     Don’t the sun look [C7]good
     Goin’[F] down over the [G7]sea? [STOP]
     Don’t my [C/Am] gal look fine
     When she’s comin’ after me?

    [C/Am] Now the wintertime is coming
     The windows are filled with frost
     I went to tell everybody
     But I could not get across
     Well, I wanna be your [C7] lover, baby
     I don’t[F] wanna be your [G7]boss [STOP]
    Don’t [C/Am] say I never warned you
     When your train gets lost

    A video for this song:

    Posted in: Individual Songs, May 2012 - Train songs., November 2012 - Bob Dylan, Neil Young & more. (3 Comments)


Bytown Ukulele Group
# Bytown Ukulele Group
Saturday, May 5, 2012 7:50 PM
Its a train song and it is great song, not sure how well it will work though. Happy to hear opinions, changes, suggestions...
Mike Cox
# Mike Cox
Thursday, October 18, 2012 4:04 PM
I was away on "Train Night" so I am not sure if this song worked or not. I am putting it back in for "Dylan Young" night, any feedback? Did it work alright?
Sue Rogers
# Sue Rogers
Monday, November 12, 2012 2:06 PM
We didn't do it Mike - not without you to lead it!