Trains Across the Sea

Trains Across the Sea

 Columbus, Ohio, USA
BandFolkAmericana

A whisky-slugging folk songwriter bursting with energy, backed by the finest rock n' roll/soul/ragtime band this side of the Mason Dixon. From Columbus, OH.

Biography

Andy Gallagher started Trains Across the Sea in early 2007. His songs had a unique take on heartache and shed some optimistic light on darker corners of post-collegiate life ("sad songs are happy songs for when you're sad"). By 2010 and a few albums later, he finally found the musicians he had been looking for all along.

Now comprised of Cincinnati legend Sharon Udoh (The Newbees, Lines and Spaces), Toledo virtuosos Joe Gilliland and Adam Nedrow (The Red Bags), and multi-instrumentalist Mike Kohn, the band has created a respectable buzz for themselves in Columbus, OH with an exhilarating live show.

Lyrics

Wheat Bread

Written By: Andy Gallagher

WHEAT BREAD:
(capo VII)

Intro:
(C) (Cmaj7) (Fm) (G7)

Verse 1:
(C) (Cmaj7) (Fm) (G7)
The seven grain organic wheat bread is covered with mold
(C) (Cmaj7) (Fm) (G7)
Screw the gas bill, I've got blankets for when it gets cold
(C) (Cmaj7) (Fm) (G7)
If we sit by the window, the internet's free
(C) (Cmaj7) (Fm) (G7)
Let's lock our bikes to the no parking sign, cuz I like the irony

Chorus:
(F) (G7)
Hey Jason pour us some doubles
(E7) (Am7)
Let the weekend begin
(Dm) (F) (E) (Am)
And if all goes right, by the end of the night
(Fm) (G7)
We're eating gyros and cheese sticks in our beds

Interlude:
(C) (Cmaj7) (Fm) (G7) (4x)

Verse 2:
Sometimes when we go to parties we know the people we see
Other times we take over the kitchen, and just drink for free
If we buy a cup of their coffee, the internet's free
Maybe I should go back to college, grab another degree

Chorus

Interlude (2x)

(End on C7)

The Cobbler's Blues

Written By: Andy Gallagher

THE COBBLER'S BLUES:

(double drop D)

Intro:
d----------------------------------------
B----------------------------------------
G----------------------------------------
D--2h4---4---4--2-0----0-----0-----------
A-------------------4--4h5-------5-4-2-0-
D--0---0---0------0----5---5---5-----5---

Verse 1 (same as intro):
What were you doing when they changed the sign from Larry's into Senor Buckeyes? I was with the girl I thought would be my wife.

What did you do when the money went away? What did you buy and how did you pay? Your grandson wants to know.

Verse 2:
If I never meet the man who makes my shoes, how will I know the cobbler's blues? And now which shoes should I buy?

If you think that you would be a happier guy if you changed your place or you changed your time, remember it's all in your mind.

Chorus:
d----------------------------------------
B----------------------------------------
G--------2---2---------------------------
D--2h4---------4-2-0--0-----0------------
A--0---0---0-----0----4h5-------5-4-2-4--
D---------------------5---5---5----------

I can't change yesterday, but I can change today.

Verse 3:
You can believe the news isn't true and everything will go back to
"normal" real soon, but thinkin' about what's gone will get you down.

Well I don't mind if you don't mind and if you don't mind then I don't mind and if that's fine, please pass the wine.

Chorus:
(A) (G)
I can't change yesterday, but i can change today.

Bridge:
(Bm7) (G2) (D)

Outro:
(D) (G) (D) (G)
Now that we can do anything, what do we do?

Holidays

Written By: Andy Gallagher

HOLIDAYS:
(capo II)

Intro:
(G) (G/B) (G/C) (G/D) (G/A)

Verse 1:
(G) (G/B) (G/C) (G/D) (G/A)
Of course she brought the macaroni salad
(G) (G/B) (G/C) (G/D) (G/A)
And there's the uncle who's always at the grill
(G) (G/B) (G/C) (G/D) (G/A)
There's a heated game of bocce in the distance
(G) (G/B) (G/C) (G/D) (G/A)
As the aunts discuss the colors of their hair
And the younger cousins are running round in circles
Chasing who or what nobody can quite tell
As the older ones are gathered where they keep the beer
Saying words about the weather or the game

Chorus:
(C) (Dadd9)
Cuz when you only see each other twice a year
(G) (Em)
You don't grow close, you only grow old
(C) (Dadd9) (G)
But even if we're faking it, it's better than a holiday alone

Verse 2:
Now it's time for grandpa to remind me about Jesus
'Cuz that's who saved him from his drunken haze
As he proudly leads the prayer before we cut the meat
While we pretend we do this every day
And the aunt who probably will not be here next year
Is telling me don't ever get divorced
And maybe next year I'll meet her replacement
To whom I'll say the same things as before

Chorus

Bridge:
(G) (C) (Dadd9) (G)
(Em) (C) (Dadd9)
(2x)

End on verse riff.

Discography

Trains
Thanks for Coming Out Tonight (5 songs): August 2010 [multiple songs with radio airplay]
Greetings From the Peach District (6 songs): June 2009 [multiple songs with radio airplay]