Screams cry out in the dead of night
From the crack house across the street
U're comin' down with a sudden migraine
And here it is almost 3
Next door they're fightin' again
Somebody's done somebody wrong
And some freak keeps calling up
Want a quickie on the telephone

You try and try 2 close your eyes at night
But all you do is toss and turn until broad daylight

Chorus:
Welcome aboard the 20th Century Express
Welcome aboard the 20th Century Express

Fast food chains keep popping up
Everybody's eatin' on the run
Hamburgers, French fries, hurry please
But hold the indigestion
The rush hour traffic slows you down
As you race against the clock
But fasten your seatbelts everyone
There are no intermediate stops

You try and try 2 keep pace with the times
You try and get one step ahead, but you fall 2 steps behind

Chorus

Ooh yeah, all day, on rey, all say, I say, he say, ok,
Ok {x4}

You try and try 2 close your eyes at night
But all you do is toss and turn until broad daylight

Chorus {x2}

Running 2 the crack house
People gettin' sprung out
Welcome aboard
(Welcome, welcome aboard the 20th Century Express)

Livin' in the fast lane
2 much cocaine
Welcome aboard
(Welcome, welcome aboard the 20th Century Express)

The world keep revolvin'
And ain't nobody stoppin'
Welcome, oh yes
(Welcome, welcome aboard the 20th Century Express)

Welcome, welcome
Welcome aboard the 20th Century Express

We're livin' 2 fast, y'all
Babies makin' babies, hear?
Oh, welcome the 20th Century Express
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20th Century Express Lyrics

Mavis Staples – 20th Century Express Lyrics