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Pass me that lovely little gun
My dear, my darling one
The cleaners are coming, one by one
You don't even want to let them start

They are knocking now upon your door
They measure the room, they know the score
They're mopping up the...

  1. anonymous
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    Jan 12th report

    I guess there are at least two layers may be disclosed in this song. Somehow it sinks to your heart from the fist time you listen... for we all share same human experiences of loss and contemplating death, and the sense of this train of life, where may it take us while going through 'the process of elimination'...

    In the same time when young our heats may be shining so bright and minds may be so naive, so wishful... so we are willingly taking this train and already celebrating the seeming freedom, while 'the train ain't even left the station'...and of course we don't have a thought, where it 's last destination... the gulag... the Kingdom...

    Good song.

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 13th 2021 report

    I think the song is about Ww2 and the Jews being in the death camps and seeing they’re friends die and knowing they’re next. It is a sad song but it does have a happy ending because they get to the Kingdom in the end (Heaven) where they’re safe and happy.

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 4th 2020 report

    In second person. You are at the concentration camp while you and "Jim and Frank" are all together. Where it says poor old Jim's face as white as a ghost they've just seen you go into the "showers" and not come out. They go to the "Train" hoping they can find you not knowing they are heading towards their own death.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2020 report

    To me this song could be about anything. To me it speaks of loss, addiction and mental illness. That's why it's my ultimate suicide song.

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2018 report

    I feel that the song is talking about indescribable hurt from the death of Jim and the train is about the journey to Heaven and Jim is saying that its ok to cry but he's happy even though he's gone

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 22nd 2018 report

    It’s the story of Jim who committed suicide. And this is the poetic tale of The forensics and police investigation, and how the friends and family deal with death. Through depression and contemplating suicide in order to deal with the depression


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