Michelle Shocked

Down at the Cold War Institute

They were signing new recruits

He went down to the station in his three piece suit

Now she had cried for him to stay

But there was nothing more to say

As she was waving a white kerchief as the train pulled away

Singing bye, bye baby boy I hope they treat you well, well, well

It was another situation as the train left the station

It was hello Hopeville I need a vacation

Now the world's been cruel

This time she really let me down

I thought I'd go back to school

Yeak, try to clean up this town

And now it's hello Hopeville

I know you're gonna treat me well, well, well

Well, well, well

Get gone!

Well, well, well, looky here, looky here

Well, well, well, what have we got here

Got me a runaway kid

Got no money never did

Got the sense to come in out of the rain

Uh, he was waitin' for a station just like some people wait for a train

And I'm singing bye, bye baby boy I hope they treat you well, well, well

Well, well, well

Well, well, well

Well, well, well


Michelle Shocked (born Dallas, Texas, February, 1962) is the stage name of Michelle Karen Johnston, an American singer-songwriter.

As a young feminist, she left Texas to travel, Kerouac-style, and was caught up in Reagan-era grassroots politics. Her musical career was ignited by a bootleg recording made around a Kerrville Folk Festival campfire on a Sony walkman. Released in England as ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’ without Shocked’s authority, its success abroad enticed Mercury Records to offer the newcomer a recording contract. ... Read More