the 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.
'cuz 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
as performed by johnny cash
live at san quentin prison
lyrics by david g george
no doubt there is a copyright on this thing somewhere
the history of this song is cool reading. these guys even have an audio clip from the original recording.