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Thread #20196   Message #296641
Posted By: mousethief
13-Sep-00 - 04:59 PM
Thread Name: Train Songs
This isn't exactly a train song but it is about a hobo who is killed on the railway. It's one of my favorites.

The Legend of Andrew McCrew
Don McLean

There was a mummy at the fair, all crumpled in a folding chair.
The people passed, but didn't care that the mummy was a man,
So tell me if you can

Chorus (repeat after each verse):
Who are you? Who are you?
Where have you been, where are you going to?
Well, Andrew McCrew must have lost his way
'Cause though he died long ago he was buried today.

Down on nightmare alley, where the shady people sway
A hobo came a-hikin' on a salty summer day
Well he hopped a freight in Dallas, and he rode out of sight
But on a turn he slipped, and he lost his grip and he fell into the night.

Well, Andrew had one leg of wood, the other leg was small.
And when he fell off the train that night he found he had no legs at all.
Well they found him in the thicket, and the undertaker came.
And they mummified his body for a relative to claim.

But no one came to claim him, until the carnival passed through.
The carnies took him to their tent and they decided what to do.
Well they dressed him in a worn-out tugs and they put him on a stand.
And millions saw the legend called the `famous mummy man'.

Well, what a way to live a life and what a way to die.
Left to live a living death with no-one left to cry.
A petrified amazement, and wonder beyond words,
A man who found more life in death than life gave him at birth.

But what about the ones who live and wish that they could go.
Whose lives are lost to living and performing for the show.
Well at least you got the best of life until it got the best of you.
So from all of us to what's left of you: Farewell, Andrew McCrew.


Chords (and brief story about the real Andrew McC) here.