Wreck Of The Old '97 lyrics


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Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: At San Quentin



Well they gave him his orders at monroe, virginia
Said: "steve, you're way behind time
"This is not 38, this is ol' 97
"Put her into spencer on time."

Then he turned around and said to his black, greasy fireman
"Shovel on a little more coal
"And when we cross that white oak mountain
"Watch ol' '97 roll."

And then a telegram come from washington station
This is how it read:
"Oh that brave engineer that run ol 97
"Is lyin in old danville dead."

'Cos he was going down a grade making 90 miles an hour
The whistle broke into a scream
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle
Scalded to death by the steam

One more time!

Oh, now all you ladies you'd better take a warning
From this time on and learn
Never speak hard words to your true-lovin' husband
He may leave you and never return
Poor boy



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