Iron Horse
By: Beck Hansen
Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. Iron Horse
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Lyrics:
Iron Horse [Version (a)]:

Your iron horse is running
Your iron horse is running
Your iron horse is coming
Sixteen coaches long

Stand up, gotta turn it around
Six more feet, burying ground
Smoke at the bottom, pound for pound
No more leaving here
Better ?? up, run across the floor
Take a good look upon the killing floor
The iron horse knock upon your door
There's no one even here

The firebomb is burning
?? is ringing
???
Your iron horse is coming
Your iron horse is coming

Stand up, gotta turn it around
Six more feet, burying ground
Live in the bottom, going pound for pound
Do not leave me here
Better straighten up, run across the floor
Take a good look upon the killing floor
Iron horse coming through the door
No one is leaving here
 
The Song:

"Iron Horse" is a song Beck did in 2011. He appears to have done it for the TV show, Sons Of Anarchy. A snippet of it can be heard in a commercial for the show.

A full version was initially reported as going to be on the show's soundtrack, but that never materialized; it was however, aired on the show but with all sorts of dialogue over it.

Beck also registered a couple of other tracks to the copyright database around the same time. Two of these were "City Of Refuge" and "Jacksontown," while unheard, use common blues phrases/locations as titles. Because of this, I've assumed that all three were given to Sons Of Anarchy, but only "Iron Horse" was used. (That's just an educated guess, don't quote me on that.)

What I do know of the "Iron Horse" lyrics is just that: he uses some common blues phrases, but written about a motorcycle (an iron horse). The famous "Mystery Train" was "sixteen coaches long," which Beck (sort of nonsensically) attributes his motorcycle. Other references seem to be to the burying ground (see "Farewell Ride") and a killing floor. Very common images in the blues.