Midnight Ghost

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From "Another Ghost to Sleep," by Hugh Trimble
Recorded at Gypsy Cab Studios, Keedysville MD
©Hugh Trimble 2014

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He hopped a line out of Salt Lake City
Dodging bulls clear to Sacramento
He'd left behind a six-string beauty
And couple of songs he had never meant to share
He hitched and he walked on to San Francisco
Singing and talking for tips at truck stops
He listened for God on the CB radios
And when he slept he dreamed he was following a grey mare

Where I'm going
Mister hell if I know
I got no home I can call my own
Don't want no load
Midas like your fool's gold
But I'd sell my soul just to ride that Midnight Ghost

When he reached the Pacific he walked into the waves
His banjo and boots keeping watch as he tumbled
As the salt of his skin the brine of the pulling deep
He laughed until the twilight bruised the west

He hung his clothes to dry and he lay down naked
The sand giving way under his backlog of stories
As his salt lashes fell to meet
He could have sworn he saw a shadow horse galloping down the coast

When he was sure he was dreaming he opened his eyes
He saw that horse steaming like a California sunrise
He rose up to meet what was just over the horizon
A train whistle blowed and he knowed it was the Midnight Ghost

Where I'm going
Mister hell if I know
I got no home I can call my own
Don't want no load
Midas like your fool's god
But I'd sell my soul just to ride that Midnight Ghost

He woke again to the noon sun shining
With a summersault songs he jumped up and climbed
That bluff that he'd learned by the light of the moon
from a whole night of chasing a galloping train to the end of everything

The first sight of the tracks made his Pilgrim heart beat
Like the rolling drums of steel on steel rattling wheels
Coming and going's no different he says
Because I never go back I just keep coming again

Where I'm going
Mister hell if I know
I got no home I can call my own
Don't want no load
Midas like your fool's god
But I'd sell my soul just to ride that Midnight Ghost

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from Another Ghost to Sleep, released December 6, 2014

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Hugh Trimble Chicago, Illinois

Songwriter, Hugh Trimble, moves with the organic story-telling of traditional American Folk. His genres wander through americana, celtic, indie rock and blues, and his stages range from subway platforms and streets corners to bars and clubs.

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