In case you were wondering when the heck Train Music Thursdays would get around to this song, wonder no more.

In college, we had a vinyl album of Aqualung which developed a skip.  Catching angels as they fall... Catching angels as they fall.  We replaced it with an 8-track.  When we played that one for the first time, my roomie said, "If it skips now, the stereo is going right out the window,"  and I agreed.  There may have been substances involved in generating this incisive discussion.  Happily, the 8-track did not skip, because we lived on the 10th floor overlooking W. 86th St. in Manhattan and the stereo would probably have killed someone.

Lotta good covers of this.  Here's a tasting menu.

First up - not really a cover, I guess?  The old one-legged flutist himself.

Next, Deep Purple tells a rather different storywith this song than the one I hear.

Meanwhile, Styx's interpretation is much more straightforward.

Finally a more traditional blues-y arrangement.  Which seems right, for a train song.

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F