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The Clash

Train In Vain

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“Train in Vain” is a song by the British punk rock band The Clash. It was released as the third and final single from their third album, London Calling. The song was not originally listed on the album’s track listing, appearing as a secret track at the end of the album. This was because the track was added to the record at the last minute, when the sleeve was already in production. It was the first Clash song to crack the United States Top 30 charts In the US, the song’s title is expanded to “Train in Vain (Stand by Me)“, the words “stand by me” dominate the chorus. It was titled “Train in Vain” in part to avoid confusion with Ben E. King’s signature song “Stand by Me”. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Did you stand by me ... No, not at all ... No way

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This song is listed #292 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Popular in Rock (See Charts): Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway To Heaven, Beat It, Give In To Me, Wherever You Will Go, Stigmatized, Nothing'S Changed, Hotel California, Imagine, and Nothing Else Matters.


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