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Wreck of the Old '97

02:11
Saltwater Stringband
03/31/2015
Grayson/Whitter

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They gave him his orders in Monroe, Virginia

Saying Steve you are way behind time

This is not the 38 this is the Ol' 97

Bring her into Spencer on time

He turned and he said to his tired greasy fireman

Shovel on a little more coal

And when we reach that White Oak Mountain

Watch the Ol' 97 roll

 

Well it's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville

A line on a three mile grade

It was on this grade that he lost his leverage

You ought to see what a jump he made

He was screaming down the ball doing 90 miles and hour

When the whistle broke into a scream

When they found him in the wreck his hand were on the throttle

Scalded to death by the steam

 

Now ladies you best take this a warning

From this time now and learn

Don't speak ill words of your own loving husband

He'll leave you and never return

They gave him his orders in Monroe, Virginia

Saying Steve you are way behind time

This is not the 38 this is the Ol' 97

Bring her into Spencer on time...