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Rush's A Passage to Bangkok makes list of top "Train Songs"

Sun, Jan 14, 2007@9:34AM | comments

[Top 10 Train Songs]

The other day on the way home from preschool, my 4-year-old says to me "Dad, I want to listen to that one song after the long song [2112]." So I crank up A Passage to Bangkok. Then he asks me what the song is about. "Trains", I say. "The song is about trains." So this article was particularly amusing to me. IGN has compiled a list of the Top Ten Train Songs and here's what they say about A Passage to Bangkok.

While the song is more about a drug addled excursion through Indo-China, with stops in Colombia, Thailand, Morocco, and other infamous havens of ethereal experience searching hippies of old, this little ditty from the Canadian power trio of Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee deliberately focuses on the mode of train transportation between the various areas of renown.

Were on the train to Bangkok/Aboard the Thailand Express/We'll hit the stops along the way/We only stop for the best..."

As to whether or not they actually convinced/inspired any listeners to embark on a similar journey is unknown, but the travel blueprint is there in the lyrics, my friend.

Thanks to Counterparts member D'Anconia for digging this up.