Click here to expand and collapse the player

I Often Dream of Trains

Rate It! Avg: 4.5 (348 ratings)
I Often Dream of Trains album cover
Nocturne (prelude)
1:39   $0.99
Sometimes I Wish I Was A Pretty Girl
1:58   $0.99
3:43   $0.99
Uncorrected Personality Traits
1:45   $0.99
Sounds Great When You're Dead
3:23   $0.99
Flavour Of Light
2:59   $0.99
Ye Sleeping Nights Of Jesus
4:01   $0.99
This Could Be The Day
2:46   $0.99
Tram Of Old London
3:29   $0.99
Furry Green Atom Bowl
3:16   $0.99
Heart Full Of Leaves
2:30   $0.99
Autumn Is Your Last Chance
3:31   $0.99
I Often Dream Of Trains
2:23   $0.99
Nocturne (Demise)
2:06   $0.99
Winter Love
2:39   $0.99
The Bones In The Ground
3:08   $0.99
My Favourite Buildings
2:48   $0.99
I Used To Say I Love You
4:32   $0.99
5:25   $0.99
Heart Full Of Leaves (Alternate)
2:28   $0.99
I Often Dream Of Trains (Demo)
2:41   $0.99
Not Even A Nurse
2:31   $0.99
Slow Chant/That's Fantastic Mother Church
2:15   $0.99
Traveller's Fare
1:48   $0.99
Album Information

Total Tracks: 24   Total Length: 69:44

Find a problem with a track? Let us know.

Wondering Sound

Review 4

J. Edward Keyes


Joe Keyes writes about music.

Robyn Hitchcock, I Often Dream of Trains
2007 | Label: Yep Roc Records / Redeye

A bold about-face from the bright Beatle-esque jangle he'd plied just four years earlier with the Soft Boys, I Often Dream of Trains finds a wounded and subdued Roby Hitchcock attempting to make sense of himself. Because Hitchcock is a master surrealist, even his sense doesn't make much sense: "Sounds Great When You're Dead" is clearly a sneering insult — but to whom and over what remains just out of reach; "This Could Be the… read more »

Write a Review 9 Member Reviews

Please register before you review a release. Register

user avatar

Love it!


I love almost all of Robyn's albums, this one is always near,,,and always dear. Try out Trams of old london.

user avatar

One of my all-time favorite albums


Go for a walk in the fall woods listening to or just thinking about these songs. They are a comfort when days are getting dark.

user avatar

A MUST HAVE for hitchcock fans...


Robyn is in top form... on first listen, you will really enjoy it... by your second or third listen, it will never leave your cd player... One of my favorites!

user avatar

Best Best Best


... and for me the personal companion piece to the Go-Betweens 16 Lovers (someone once made me a tape with both great albums -- now both on eMusic!). My favorite Hitchock -- stripped-down, excellent moody ambience, great songs, nice bookends with the piano, some quirk ("Uncorrected"), some seriousness ("I Used to Say I Love You"), some general ponderings and meanderings ("I Often"). I think if you've never listened to Robyn, it's the perfect record to get all sides of his personality. Well, maybe not the rock and roll or covers, but all the rest. Terrific!

user avatar

This should be the day


you download this album. Like the other reviewer, I can't speak for the new tracks, but my heart jumped for joy to see this classic album available on eMusic. Those who want to sample first could try "Trams of Old London" or the title track for the album's more wistful side, and "Uncorrected Personality Traits" and "Sometimes I Wish I Was A Pretty Girl" for its wackier side. (I vaguely recall that the last song was inspired by the Psycho shower scene, which tells you something about the weird weavings of Robyn's imagination.)

user avatar



Can't recommend this enough; for a taste, go for the title track, 'Autumn is Your Last Chance', and 'Sounds Great When You're Dead'. For your information, Wikipedia lists the original track order as: 1. Nocturne (Prelude) 2. Sometimes I Wish I Was A Pretty Girl 3. Cathedral 4. Uncorrected Personality Traits 5. Sounds Great When You're Dead 6. Flavour Of Night 7. Ye Sleeping Knights Of Jesus 8. Mellow Together 9. Winter Love 10. The Bones In The Ground 11. My Favorite Buildings 12. I Used To Say I Love You 13. This Could Be The Day 14. Trams Of Old London 15. Furry Green Atom Bowl 16. Heart Full Of Leaves 17. Autumn Is Your Last Chance 18. I Often Dream Of Trains 19. Nocturne (Demise)

user avatar

Track History...


The original CD featured bonus tracks in the middle of the proper album as released on LP and cassette. The Rhino reissue in the mid-90's featured all of the first CD's tracks plus some additional bonus demo tracks. This new reissue on Yep Roc restores the original running order, repositions some of the original bonus tracks (though deleting at least one), and even adds a few new ones. One of my favorite albums from my college years.

user avatar

Great Album, Tracks Out of Order


This is a great disc. It should be noted that the tracks here are in a different order than on the original disc and it seems to be missing "Mellow Together". But don't let that stop you from downloading it.

user avatar

Oh wow, I can't believe this is available again!


I can't speak for the extra tracks this reissue comes with, but the first 14 arguably comprise Robyn Hitchcock's best record after the Soft Boys. If you have even a passing familiarity with his work, you'll know that's really saying something. Almost entirely acoustic and solo, this album establishes the spectrum of Hitchcock's styles, from the daft (the famous "Uncorrected Personality Traits") to the sublime ("Autumn Is Your Last Chance"). Now if someone would only reissue "Eye"!

eMusic Features


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Robyn Hitchcock

By Victoria Segal, Contributor

Robyn Hitchcock first emerged as the singer with The Soft Boys, Cambridge misfits whose against-nature fusion of punk, prog and psychedelia peaked with 1980 masterpiece Underwater Moonlight, an album that would later burrow into the brains of US heroes The Replacements and REM. As a solo artist (or with backing bands The Egyptians and The Venus 3), he continued to explore the clammy absurdities and cosmic mysteries of human existence with a slew of beguiling… more »


Y Robyn Hitchcock Matters

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

I don't know if the Y in Robyn Hitchcock's name was there on his birth certificate, but I can't imagine it spelled "Robin." That Y is the same slightly odd Y that's present in the Byrds, in Syd Barrett and in Bob Dylan - arguably the three biggest historical presences behind his music. He's got an enormous, three-decade-long discography, but the early solo albums that have just come to eMusic include some of the sweetest… more »


The 13 Greatest Ghost Songs of All Time

By Mike McGonigal, Contributor

It's Halloween, which is the best holiday out of all the holidays that don't involve presents. On Halloween, everyone pretends to be afraid of ghosts, which are generally thought to be the spirits of dead people who, for some reason or another, are caught in between worlds. I'm not sure I believe in ghosts. It's probably all the Scooby Doo episodes I watched as a kid; ghosts were never real, but rather just Old Mr. Thompson… more »

They Say All Music Guide

After the debacle that was the making of 1982′s Groovy Decay, Robyn Hitchcock briefly retired from music, and when he returned it was with an album that offered a thoroughly uncompromised vision of Hitchcock’s imagination. Released in 1984, I Often Dream of Trains was a primarily acoustic set with Hitchcock handling nearly all the instruments and vocals by himself; the tone is spare compared to the full-on rock & roll of his recordings with the Soft Boys or his solo debut, Black Snake Diamond Role, but the curious beauty of Hitchcock’s melodies is every bit as striking in these stripped-down sessions, and the surreal imagery of “Flavour of Night,” “Trams of Old London,” and the title song comes to vivid and enchanting life. Hitchcock’s off-kilter wit has rarely been as effective as it is on this album; the jaunty harmonies of “Uncorrected Personality Traits” are the ideal complement for the song’s psychobabble, “Sounds Great When You’re Dead” manages to be funny and a bit disturbing at once, and the drunken campfire singalong of “Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus” was joyously sloppy enough to inspire a cover by the Replacements. There’s a slightly ramshackle quality to these recordings, but Hitchcock was rarely in more uniformly fine form as a songwriter, and there is a consistency of tone to the disc that makes it all the more effective, drawing listeners into a curious world of its own and allowing them to explore the surroundings and their quiet splendor. And Hitchcock has rarely recorded a song as luminously gorgeous as “Autumn Is Your Last Chance.” Hitchcock would pick up his electric guitar and reunite with his band the Egyptians in 1985, releasing two fine albums in one year, but I Often Dream of Trains was a simple and marvelously effective return to action that’s all the more winning for its subdued, tentative tone. – Mark Deming

more »