"Wreck Of The Old '97"

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.

 
© 2017 Johnny Cash
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