A model train store in New Jersey is warning that a song featuring lyrics referencing “crazy train” will no more be allowed to appear on its site.
The song, which features a train that looks like it’s coming from outer space, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times and has been linked to an “extremely serious mental health issue” the store’s owner told ABC News on Wednesday.
The lyrics refer to the death of an employee, which has led to a “serious mental health condition.”
The store’s CEO, Mark DeRosa, told the station station that the lyrics were meant to be “more a warning than anything.”
The song was featured in a video that the store posted on Facebook earlier this month.
The store is a member of the New Jersey Transit Authority’s (NJTRA) Crazy Train Music Program, which allows artists to perform their music on trains, and it’s been selling out of the music for months.
“We’re very excited to be part of the NJTRA Crazy Train Program,” DeRoshi told ABC station WHYY on Wednesday, referring to the program’s goal of promoting artists.
“The music has been very well received by the community, we are thrilled to be a part of that program and the great response to the video has been incredible.
We are very excited about that.”
DeRosi said the lyrics in the video were inspired by a person who died on a train, and he said they were “a great example of what can be done in an attempt to keep a train from running over a person.”
He added that he believes the lyrics could have been “more positive” had they been more subtle.
“I feel like a lot of the lyrics are very serious, so I think we’ve got a pretty big problem,” he said.
DeRiso also said that the station will continue to promote the music on its Facebook page, where he has shared photos of the store, including one with a caption reading “This is the craziest train I’ve ever seen.”
De Rosa told WHYY that the owner of the shop, who he described as “a very quiet, humble guy,” was a fan of the song and was trying to encourage the store to remove it.
“He was a very supportive guy,” De Roshi said.
“It was just a really difficult situation for him.”
The NJTDA said it would not comment on specific instances of discrimination in the industry, but did say it was committed to protecting all employees.
“As we have done for several years, we will continue our efforts to make sure NJTTA continues to promote music that is safe and appropriate for children, teens, and adults to listen to,” it said in a statement.
The station also said it was taking steps to improve the safety of its stations, including installing metal detectors.