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.

Lyrics for "Train Food"

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.

Was this released as a single?

No. The album Skinsproduced only one single titled “Bad.

8 Responses

  1. Journey Custer says:

    thats sad but yet how did he know he was going to die like hes an amazing person hes was to young

  2. Cyprus Leafly says:

    It’s scary like, when you listen to the song on loop, it says “Now it’s here, death has now arrived, time is finally up,” and then it stops abruptly . Then the song starts again with Train noises. It’s like he really got hit.

  3. Ashton says:

    I am only 13 but I get a lot from his songs. When I found out he died I cried. I am like him in the ways he acts so i can relate to some of his songs.

  4. Brayden says:

    in his song ” I Spoke To The Devil In Miami” toward the end of the song he says “My Lord, I spoke to a Baphomet, he said he would save me
If I gave him one thing he needed, “What is this thing?”, I pleaded
Boy, it’s the key to even” which you can tell his talking to someone as of exchange for an exchange and during the outro of the song he says “And as I spoke, my fangs were shown
Taken aback, he smiles and tells me
”What you crave will soon be yours
But what I crave is already mine”
    Anima vestra”. Anima Vestra means “your soul” in latin. so i think that in this “conversation” he had, the exchanged his soul for the fame and all the stuff that came with it and he knew he was gonna die and he didn’t know when. In “train food” he’s talking about taking a walk and talking w death? y’all can’t say these songs ain’t go together

  5. Sparrow Elaine says:

    Don’t come at me for this but I sorta think he killed himself and he left a note saying don’t tell anyone. Another assumption, he was getting death notes and he knew that this person would end up killing him and he tried telling people but no one understood and he wasn’t saved in time, the more he wrote songs like that the closer his death was. He seemed very sad and scared at some moments, In rebirth he wrote “Everything will come to you, what you deserve will come to you. And if I end up getting shot and killed for what the f**k I’m doing” saying he deserves it. Also, he talks about how he needs help and he needs someone to save him, I feel someone was after him and he knew his death was near and he wrote music to cope with the fact he’s gonna die.

  6. Bringer Of Light From God says:

    Happens when you sell your soul. Money doesn´t make you happy.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I always thought X was not even human because he had a way of putting words in songs and make it so dark and sinister and feel some type of way like as if you was hypnotized but you love the energy it was like you was high off drugs

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