Electric Light Orchestra - Last Train to London




Last Train to London" is a song from the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), the fifth track from their album Discovery.


The song was released in 1979 in the UK as a double A-side single with "Confusion". It peaked at number 8 in the UK Singles Chart. However, in the US the two songs charted separately, with "Confusion" in late 1979 followed by "Last Train to London" in early 1980. It peaked at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard Magazine described the song as having a "catchy pop melody with Beatlesque vocal qualities and a smooth layered sound." In Spain the single was released with the Spanish title "Último tren a Londres".


There was a certain period when it seemed we spent years on trains going back and forth from Birmingham to the various TV and radio stations in London.


— Discovery remaster (2001), Jeff Lynne





Lyrics


It was 9-29,9-29 back street big city.

The sun was going' down,there was music all around

It felt so right.


It was one of those nights,one of those nights when

you feel the world stop turnin',you were standing

There,there was music in the air.I should have been

Away,but I knew I'd have to stay.


[CHORUS]

Last train to London,just headin' out,

Last train to London,just leavin' town.

But I really want tonight to last forever

I really wanna be with you.

Let the music play on down the line tonight.


It was one of those nights,one of those nights when

You feel the fire is burnin',everybody was there,

Everybody to share,it felt so right.


There you were on your own,lookin' like you were

The only one around,I had to be with you,

Nothin' else that I could do,

I should have been away,but I knew I'd have to say.


[Repeat Chorus]


Underneath a starry sky,time was still but hours

Must really have rushed by,I didn't realize

But love was in your eyes I really should have

Gone,but love went on and on...


[Repeat Chorus]