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I Often Dream of Trains


Download links and information about I Often Dream of Trains by Robyn Hitchcock. This album was released in 1984 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 24 tracks with total duration of 01:09:43 minutes.

Artist: Robyn Hitchcock
Release date: 1984
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 24
Duration: 01:09:43
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No. Title Length
1. Nocturne (Prelude) 1:39
2. Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl 1:58
3. Cathedral 3:43
4. Uncorrected Personality Traits 1:45
5. Sounds Great When You're Dead 3:23
6. Flavour of Night 2:59
7. Ye Sleeping Nights of Jesus 4:01
8. This Could Be the Day 2:46
9. Trams of Old London 3:29
10. Furry Green Atom Bowl 3:16
11. Heart Full of Leaves 2:30
12. Autumn Is Your Last Chance 3:31
13. I Often Dream of Trains 2:23
14. Nocturne (Demise) 2:06
15. Winter Love 2:39
16. The Bones In the Ground 3:08
17. My Favourite Buildings 2:48
18. I Used to Say I Love You 4:32
19. Chant/Aether 5:25
20. Heart Full of Leaves (Alternate) 2:28
21. I Often Dream of Trains (Demo) 2:41
22. Not Even a Nurse 2:31
23. Slow Chant/That's Fantastic Mother Church 2:15
24. Traveller's Fare 1:47



At the time of its release at the tail end of 1984, I Often Dream of Trains was considered a necessary ‘back-to-basics’ move after the complicated and personally unsatisfactory sessions for 1982’s Groovy Decay and its modified alternative Groovy Decoy. Over time, it has proven to be among Robyn Hitchcock’s strongest, most engrossing releases. Primarily acoustic with Hitchcock playing all the instruments, Trains is a brilliant, intimate listen into a dark, private world where the recording artist sounds trapped in an attic with spooky piano notes trailing past the rudimentary acoustic guitars. “Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl” is Hitchcock at his most direct and bold. “Uncorrected Personality Traits” is delightfully eccentric, matching Hitchcock’s elliptical free-floating word-puzzle lyrics about problematic adulthood with tight, regimented harmonies. “Sounds Great When You’re Dead” balances the explorative songwriter’s darker impulses with his need to write the bashing, celebratory hook. “Cathedral,” “Flavour of Night,” “Autumn is Your Last Chance” and “I Used to Say I Love You” are quiet, reflective musings that benefit from this simplified approach. Reissues have added and subtracted songs at seeming random. The sudden disappearance of the “bonus” cut “Mellow Together” is unfortunate, however, there is plenty here to obsess over.