(Waiting For A) Westbound Train

from Songs by Doug Hubley: Last Call Waltz by Day for Night

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Inspired by a conductor's announcement on Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited, I wrote this on the back porch of a cabin at the Chautauqua in Boulder, Colo., in June 2019. The conductor said we were stopped to wait for an eastbound train, but between the alliteration, which is nothing to be sneezed at in songwriting, and the fraught and many-layered symbolism of East vs. West in the American mythology, I had to bend the facts in this song to suit the reality. “We’re headed back East as we always must be / To the same old and the good old and the old used-to-be.”

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from Songs by Doug Hubley: Last Call Waltz, released August 18, 2020
Gretchen Schaefer, guitar and vocal. Doug Hubley, lead guitar and vocal.

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Doug Hubley Portland, Maine

Doug Hubley is a musician and writer in Maine.

He has covered arts and lifestyle for publications in Maine and Massachusetts.

Doug began learning guitar in 1966, and hopes to finish the job one day. He has played with such bands as the Fashion Jungle, the Cowlix, the Boarders and Howling Turbines.

Today he is one-half of Day for Night, an acoustic country band also starring Gretchen Schaefer.
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