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Post by Soulmonster on Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:50 am

Appetite for Destruction, 1987, track no. 3.

Written by:
Lyrics: Axl Rose.
Music: Slash and Izzy Stradlin.

Vocals: Axl Rose; lead Guitar: Slash; rhythm guitar: Izzy Stradlin; bass: Duff McKagan; drums: Steven Adler.

Live performances:
The song was played live for the first time on December 20, 1985, at The Music Machine, Hollywood, USA. All incarnations of Guns N' Roses have played this song live. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {NIGHTRAINSONGS} times.
Loaded like a freight train
       Flyin' like an aeroplane
       Feelin' like a space brain
       One more time tonight

Well I'm a west coast struttin'
       One bad mother
       Got a rattlesnake suitcase
       Under my arm
       Said I'm a mean machine
       Been drinkin' gasoline
       An honey you can make my motor hum
       I got one chance left
       In a nine live cat
       I got a dog eat dog sly smile
       I got a Molotov cocktail with a match to go
       I smoke my cigarette with style
       An I can tell you honey
       You can make my money tonight

     Wake up late honey put on your clothes
       Take your credit card to the liquor store
       That's one for you and two for me by tonight
       I'll be
       Loaded like a freight train
       Flyin' like an aeroplane
       Feelin' like a space brain
       One more tonight

     I'm on the nightrain
       Bottoms up
       I'm on the nightrain
       Fill my cup
       I'm on the nightrain
       Ready to crash and burn
       I never learn
       I'm on the nightrain
       I love that stuff
       I'm on the nightrain
       I can never get enough
       I'm on the nightrain
       Never to return - no

     Loaded like a freight train
       Flyin' like an aeroplane
       Feelin' like a space brain
       One more tonight

     I'm on the nightrain
       An I'm lookin' for some
       I'm on the nightrain
       So's I can leave this slum
       I'm on the nightrain
       And I'm ready to crash an' burn
       I'm on the nightrain
       Bottoms up
       I'm on the nightrain
       Fill my cup
       I'm on the nightrain
     Whoa yeah
       I'm on the nightrain
       Love that stuff
       I'm on the nightrain
       An I can never get enough
       Ridin' the nightrain
       I guess I
       I guess, I guess, I guess I never learn
     On the nightrain
       Float me home
       Ooh I'm on the nightrain
       Ridin' the nightrain
       Never to return

A very popular song off Appetite for Destruction. The song is about an alcoholic beverage, "Night Train", that was popular with the band in 1985.

We made cool [concert] flyers and, in addition to sending them ti people on our list, we posted them all over the city. We always posted flyers as a band, at night. The first time I discovered Night Train wine was one one of these epic nocturnal flyerings campaigns - which were best accomplished while drinking from a brown paper bag. Afterward I was happy to find that the liquor store around the corner from our storage space also stocked it. At $1.29 a bottle, Night Rain instantly became a band staple; we started piecing together the song 'Nightrain' a week later while rehearsing before another flyer-posting outing [Duff' autobiography, "It's So Easy", 2011, p. 90]
We wrote Nightrain walking on Sunset Boulevard, from the Rainbow and the Roxy, passing out flyers on our way to The Troubadour, drinking it. We were all on the Nightrain. It was a dollar and nine cents for the bottle. It was all we could afford [Marc Canter: Reckless Road]
Alright, this is a new one that we have, that we pinned at sound check today. This one is called 'Nightrain' [Music Machine, December 20, 1985]
Alright, this next one is brand new. It's dedicated to alcoholics anonymous. You buy it in your fuckin' liqour stores. It is nineteen percent alcohol and it's called 'Nightrain' [The Troubadour, January 4, 1986]
It's a dollar a bottle, nineteen percent alcohol. Drink a quart of it and you'll blackout [Geffen Press Kit, 1987]
Great rhythm. "Nightrain" just rocks. Personally, I like the guitar solo in it. I like that part of the song because me and Duff are rockin'. Has more feel to it than just a machine [Geffen Press Kit, 1987]
'Nightrain' is just like 'Welcome to the Jungle'; it's very indicative of what the band's all about. I remember when it first came together, we'd hitchhiked to the Rainbow and were walking down to the Troubadour and we just started yelling "Nightrain", because we were drinking it [Geffen Press Kit, 1987]
We were living in the Gardner Street studio, this place where we had one little box of a room. We had no money, but we could dig up a buck to go down to this liquor store where they sold this great wine called "Night Rain" that would fuck you up for a dollar. Five dollars and you'd be gone. We lived off this stuff [Geffen Press Kit, 1987]
Nightrain was very much a two-guitar thing, and when I worked on that with Izzy that was one of the only times that we actually sat down. He had his single-note thing and I beefed it up with something heavier [Total Guitar Magazine, December 2004]
Nightrain was the commercially available, tangible product that we could afford at our expense. The other stuff was a little more complicated, but Nightrain was just a simple beverage that we could get with very little money and in great quantity and live on. I think at the time, since we couldn't afford booze and food, it had enough supplements that we could survive on it alone [Marc Canter: Reckless Road]
'Night Train' was pieced together from a few different moments. I remember first working on the main riff of that song with Izzy (...). We didn't know where the song was going  and we didn't have any kind of subject in mind, but the groove was so right and we locked in and felt it out (...). Izzy played Duff what we'd done and Duff worked on it, filling out  the groove and making our riffs into a proper instrumental. None of us had any words in mind for this piece , but we were very inspired by it and it floated around in the band's consciousness until it found the appropriate vessel, which happened to be a celebration of our favorite drink, Night Train ["Slash", 2007]
'Nightrain' is a funny story. We wrote the chorus when Izzy, Axl and I were walking around Hollywood drinking Night Rain. At the time, it was just sort of a day in the life. Then Izzy and I were hanging out at this little studio apartment we used to live in and we got the basic arrangement down. Then I got the flu or strep or something, and Duff, Axl, Izzy and Steve managed to get more of the arrangement down without me. I remember being completely pissed because I couldn't be there. I hated missing anything. [...] if I were to play that [end] solo now, it would be way more fluid. But part of the beauty about that solo is that I wasn't technically capable of playing as fast as the song was going, so the solo has a little bit more of a rocky feel to it, which is cool [Back to the Jungle, Guitar Edge Magazine, March 2007]
That song has a rhythm to it in the verses that from the start always made me go crazy. The first time we played it, even, I started jumping up and down - I couldn't help it. When we had our huge stage later on, I'd run the length of it, jump off the amplifiers, and lose it just about every single time we played it. I'm not sure why, but no other song we've ever played live made me move like that [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. pp. 119]
I moved into this apartment building and my next-door neighbor was West Arkeen, this crazy little guitar-player guy, this little freak. He went to the Guitar Institute a couple blocks from our house, and he came out of the Institute, and there was some guy selling an Alesis drum machine and a four-track cassette recorder. It was apparently Sheila E.’s bus driver. Somehow he got stiffed and he’s like, “Fuck it, I’m selling this shit.” So West comes home with this drum machine, [and] we figured out how to use the stuff. The demo of “It’s So Easy” was pretty great. West at this exact same time had taught me how to tune the guitar to open E. We used like, every feature on the drum machine: cowbell, woodblock, and everything on this demo. I sang it, tuned the guitars, put the drum track on, and it was just this cool little lazy summertime hit. West and I would recall all these “summertime hits,” we’d call them. I had an apartment and West had an apartment before we had a rehearsal space, and it became an encampment for about two months for the band. “It’s So Easy,” “Yesterdays,” and I think “14 Years,” a lot of songs were recorded on West’s four-track. I think “You’re Crazy” came out on the West four-track. Sitting in an apartment, we’d play a lot of acoustic guitars, so I think “Easy” was recorded on acoustic guitar. Thing about our songs, we played ’em all on acoustic guitar. “Night Train,” we wrote on acoustic guitar. Because we’d write them in little cramped apartments [The Onion A.V. Club, May 2011]
'Nightrain' performed live at The Ritz, February 2, 1988:

'Nightrain' performed live at Download Festival, 2006:

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