THE WRECK OF THE OLD 97
Recorded by Hank Snow
Written by Charles Noell, Fred Lewey and Whitter/Work
[A] They give him his orders at [D] Monroe, Virginia,
Sayin', [A] "Steve, you're way behind [E7] time
This is [A] not 38, but it's Old [D] 97
You must [A] put her in [E7] Spencer on [A] time."
Then he look around and said to his black, greasy fireman
"Just shovel on a little more coal
And when we cross that White Oak Mountain
You can watch Old 97 roll."
It's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville
In a line on a three-mile grade
It was on that grade that he lost his airbrakes
Oh, you see what a jump he made.
He was goin' down grade making 90 miles an hour
When his whistle broke into a scream
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle
And was scalded to death by the steam.
Now ladies, you must take warning
>From this time on and learn
Never speak harsh words to your true love or husband
He may leave you and never return.
Source: HANK SNOW - THE WRECK OF THE OLD 97
1971 RCA CXS 9009(e)