My Grandfather use to say, if a man was down on his luck (hit rock bottom) he was nothing but, "Ashes and Dreams". Meaning whatever he may lack because of his situation he made up for in his optimistic outlook or Dreams.
The guy on this cover looks as if he's had a bit of a rough go of things. But he sees something. He stares off to the horizon. Perhaps it's his vision. Perhaps it's his destiny. Perhaps his redemption is at hand. Or maybe... there is a train coming right at him.