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Thread #20196   Message #209648
Posted By: GUEST,Mrrzy-at-work
10-Apr-00 - 12:33 PM
Thread Name: Train Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: THE WRECK ON THE C & O^^^
Didn't see this one in the dB so here it is. I know Joan Baez sang it, I can't remember which album (same as Once I knew a pretty girl), and I never knew who wrote it. These are the words I hear...

ENGINE 143

Along came the FFB, the swiftest on the line,
Running down that steel road, just twenty minutes behind,
Running into Sou'ville, headquarters on the line,
Receiving their strict orders from the station just behind.

Georgie's mother came to him with a bucket on her arm.
She said, "My darling son, be careful how you run.
There's many a man has lost his life in trying to make lost time,
But if you run your engine right, you'll get there just on time."

Up the track she darted. Into a rock she crashed.
Upside down the engine turned, and Georgie's breast is smashed.
His head lay against the firebox door. The flames were roaring high.
"I'm proud to be born for an engineer and see no road to die."

The doctor said to Georgie, "My darling boy, be still!
Your life may yet be saved, if it is God's blessed will!"
"Oh, no!" cried George, "This will not do. I'd rather die so free.
I want to die for the engine I loved, a hundred and forty three."

Then the doctor said to Georgie, "Your life cannot be saved."
Murdered upon the railway, and laid in a lonesome grave,
His face was covered up with blood. His eyes they could not see,
And the very last words poor Georgie cried were "Nearer my God, to Thee!"

As an aside, I couldn't find the thread where how to type accents was explained, can anyone help with that?