Jon McAuliffe


Southern Special

Jon McAuliffe


Trains.  Next to the highway, trains may be the most romantic symbol of America.  Patti McAuliffe - harmonies; Leo Egan - pedal steel guitar; Don Croad - drums; Seth Connelly - bass; Jon, lead vocal & acoustic guitar.



Southern Special, take me down the line

I’m leavin’ Mississippi underneath the pale moonlight

Southern Special, hear that engine whine

I’m gonna jump that train and leave my troubles behind


Well ya know My Baby Left Me, she slammed that door in my face

I gotta get across the border, got no time to waste

Southern Special, rollin’ through the rain

I’m standin’ here waitin’ just to ride your Mystery Train


Southern Special, take me to Tennessee

My luck will improve if I can just locate Marie

Southern Special, please have mercy on me

I got rolled in Louisiana, now I’m broke as a man can be


Well I hitchhiked from Detroit, all the way to Ville Platte

I gotta make Memphis by dawn, there ain’t no doubt about that

Southern Special, slow up as you go by

Say won’tcha do me a favor and let this po’ boy ride


Train I ride, 16 coaches long

Words & Music © 2010, 2011 by Jon McAuliffe/Mystery Kiss Music (BMI)