Album: Waitin’ For A Train

“Waitin For A Train” is Michael Skinner’s third full-length CD release over the last decade. An award-winning and outspoken advocate on issues involving child safety and exploitation, Skinner threads a sense of justice through his music, though the tracks “Songs For the Keys To Your Life,” “Joy” and “Maureen” offer his fans the sunshine that has emerged from behind the clouds.

“I’m having more fun now than I’ve ever had,” Skinner said in discussing the release of “Waitin’ For A Train.” “Every song is my story but these are collective stories too,” he explained. “The strength and perseverance of the many other trauma and abuse survivors I’ve met have helped to guide me.”

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1. Songs For the Keys To Your Life

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2. Donna Smile

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3. The Warrior

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4. The 9:30 Train

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5. Downtown Mood

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6. Joy

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7. Waitin’ For A Train

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8. If I Could Love You

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9. Maureen

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10. Long Time

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11. TV News Blues

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12. Lonely Hearts Club Lounge

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13. Brush Away Your Tears

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14. Wishin’ Well

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15. Stand By Me

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16. The Warrior

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17. Immigrant

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18. Rambling Hustler

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19. Nineteen

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“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.”

Booker T. Washington

The band “Train” in Liverpool, England. 1976



  • Chris Schindler – Bass guitar
  • John Tootil – Vocals
  • Tom Howes – Guitar
  • Mike Skinner – Drums

American Train, later shortened to Train, while touring Great Britain back in 1976 & 1977. We got to perform in many of the same places as did the Beatles, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Nazareth, The Stones and so many other great bands. Back then we were also playing in many of the same venues as AC/DC was…..it was a lot of fun and the experience of a lifetime!!!

I found some old recordings of “Train” in England and in Boston in the early 80’s and included them on “Waitin’ For A Train”. The revamped “Train” in Boston included Chris Schindler and me, still on the drums.