Here we go again, talking about a train in a song. Last time, John Loudermilk introduced to us his “Blue Train (of the Heartbreak Line).” It offers an unlimited ride for those suffering heartaches. More recently, Roger Miller provided us inspiration with his “Train of Life” song that’s peppered with lessons about life and death. And today, we bring “The 3:10 to Yuma” train for another evocative journey and the eccentric story that comes along with it.
About the Song
“The 3:10 to Yuma” is classified as a folk song that was released in 1957. Ned Washing and George Duning owned the credits for the song’s lyrics and music, respectively. The American-Italian singer-songwriter and actor Frankie Laine was the first to record it. His original recording served as a theme song to the 1957 film of the same title. Laine has, in fact, recorded two versions of the song with varying lyrics. The western-themed version talking about buzzards and the fugitive spirit was the one used in the movie. The other interpretation was more sentimental. It depicts the narrator expressing his desire to be on that train again. His main reason is to be able to have the chance to see a woman he had seen before with whom he fell in love with.
The song implied that this lady he’s referring to has already gone to the afterlife. Thus, the singer’s wanting to meet her denotes a final journey.
I want to ride again on the 3: 10 to Yuma
that’s where I saw my love, the girl with the golden hair
not a word between us was spoken, though the silent never was broken
but before she left her eyes said a sad goodbye, sad am I, sad am I,
to think of the chance that I’d missed,
I could cry to think of the lips left unkissed.
perhaps she’ll ride again on the 3: 10 to Yuma,
and I can meet my love and tell her how much I care.
though I have no reason to go there,
and there’s not a soul that I know there,
when the 3: 10 to Yuma leaves if I have the faith,
I’ll be there, I’ll be there, I’ll be there.
Lyrics lifted from MetroLyrics
Listen to Frankie Laine’s “The 3:10 to Yuma” below.
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Frankie Laine, George Duning, Ned Washington