Meaning of “Train Food” by XXXTentacion
“Train Food” is the title of the third track from American rapper XXXTentacion’s first posthumous album Skins. The lyrics of “Train Food” focus on the themes of sadness and death. A significant percentage of the song’s lyrics deal with death – mainly the death of the narrator (X). According to a number of analysts, it’s highly likely that X was using the song to reflect on his death.
And indeed these analysts do have a point. Throughout the song, the narrator talks about his encounter with Death. As the narrator journeys home, he comes face to face with Death. Death captures him and ties him to a railroad frequented by trains. As he lays trapped on the train tracks waiting for his inevitable death, he begins reflecting deeply on life. Moments later, a speeding train starts approaching him. It is at this point that the narrator starts wondering where he’s headed after death. Would he go “up”(to heaven)? Would he go “down” to hell? He’s unable to give an answer to these questions before the train comes crushing him to death.
It’s not exactly known when XXXTentacion penned these eerie lyrics. However, what is known is that he was murdered while working on this song and other songs on the Skins album.
What is the meaning of the phrase “Train food” as used in this song?
By tying the narrator to the railroad, the Devil served the narrator to the train to be killed (consumed). Hence the narrator sees himself as food for the train.
Facts about “Train Food”
- This is a self penned song.
- In addition to writing this track, X collaborated with John Cunningham to produce it. Prior to X’s sudden demise, he worked extensively with Cunningham.
- “Train Food” is the third track on the album Skins. Skins was released on December 7, 2018 as the first posthumous album from X. Additionally, it is the third studio album of X.
- With a length of 2:44, “Train Food” is the second longest track on Skins.