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Stop That Train Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Paul's Boutique LP, July 1989
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys
Production Notes: Produced by Beastie Boys & Dust Brothers. Recorded at Mario G's, mixed at Record Plant. Engineered by Mario Caldato, assisted by Allen Abrahamson. Originally released on Capitol Records.

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...


  • "Draw Your Brakes" by Scotty from the album Draw Your Brakes (1972)
  • "Save the World" by Southside Movement from the album Movin' (1974)


  • Dr. Hfuhruhurr Ale - 40 oz bottled ale
  • Coney Island - an area in south Brooklyn with an amusement park and beach
  • Cocaine - an illicit drug used for its stimulant and euphorigenic properties
  • Crack - pellet-size pieces of highly purified cocaine, known to be especially potent and addicting
  • New York Post - a New York City newspaper
  • Fulton Street - a New York City street
  • Captain Kirk - a character in the television show Star Trek (1966-1969), portrayed by William Shatner
  • Bernie Goetz - Bernard Goetz (1947- ), a vigilante who shot muggers on the New York City subway
  • Lees - Lee jeans
  • Dunkin' Donuts - a chain of donut shops
  • Jamaica, Queens - a New York City neighborhood located on Long Island
  • El Diario - a Spanish-language newspaper
  • El Barrio - Spanish Harlem, located in northern Manhattan
  • Orange Julius - snack food chain
  • George Drakoulias (1965- ) - a music producer and protege of Rick Rubin

Sample & Reference Breakdown

  • "Stop that train, I wanna get on" - a sample from "Draw Your Brakes" by Scotty
  • "You 'splain to musician. 'im knew it, but 'im can' do it" - a sample of Bob Marley



"...a selection of snippets of New York life loosely bound together by their shared brevity; it forms a sort of final summary of what Paul's Boutique is all about" - paraphrased from Rhyming & Stealing: A History of the Beastie Boys by Angus Batey, 1998


Released Versions:

Stop That Train
Stop That Train (Acapella)
Stop That Train (DJBC Remix)
Stop That Train (Instrumental)


No Known Performances in Concert.
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