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Thread #20196   Message #212612
Posted By: Billy the Bus
16-Apr-00 - 09:15 AM
Thread Name: Train Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: OKAIHAU EXPRESS^^
Here's another Kiwi train song, again by Peter Cape

Okaihau Express
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Peter Cape

She starts out from Otiria, the smallest train you've seen:
That's the Okaihau Express.
Just an engine and a guards van with a carriage in between:
This is the Okaihau Express.

The driver doesn't worry if he takes the journey slow,
Drivin' the Okaihau Express.
He's got all day to do it in, and thirty miles to go,
Drivin' the Okaihau Express.

She was goin' round the bend doin' ten miles an hour,
The whistle began to shriek (Whoo-whoo!)
Well she caught that bull in the middle of the brisket
And the engine smelt of steak for a week.

There's puppies in an apple box and pipis in a sack,
Ridin' the Okaihau Express,
But no-one knows the difference when they're drippin' from the rack,
Ridin' the Okaihau Express.

She stops at Lake Omapere to take some water in:
That's the Okaihau Express.
The fireman takes a bucket, the driver takes a swim:
That's the Okaihau Express.

Okaihau to Otiria it's just a single track,
When you're ridin' the Okaihau Express.
You can't turn it at the terminus, you just reverse her back.
That's the Okaihau Express!
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Translations

Okaihau and Omapere are small towns in Northland NZ - only some tem mileas apart from memory.

Guards van = caboose

pipi = bivalve shellfish

Must learn some of these newfangled tune writing thingies sometime...;)

Cheers - Sam

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