Wreck Of The Old 97
Possibly David Graves George
They [G]gave him his orders at [C]Monroe, Virginia,
Sayin', [G]"Steve, you're way behind [D]time
This is [G]not 38, this is [C]Old 97
[G]put her into [D]Spencer on [G]time."
Well he [G]turned and said to his [C]big, greasy fireman
"Just [G]shovel on a little more [D]coal"
And [G]when we cross that [C]White Oak Mountain
[G]Watch Old ninety [D]seven [G]roll."
It's a [G]mighty rough road from [C]Lynchburg to Danville
On a [G]line with a three mile [D]grade
It was [G]on that grade that he [C]lost his air brakes
[G]You can see what a [D]jump he [G]made.
He was [G]comin' down the grade makin' [C]ninety miles an hour
When his [G]whistle broke into a [D]scream
He was [G]found in the wreck with his [C]hand on the throttle
[G]Scalded to [D]death by the [G]steam.
So [G]ladies you heed [C]my warning
From [G]this day now on [D]learn
Never [G]speak harsh words to your [C]true love or husband
He may [G]go and [D]never re-[G]turn.
Added or amended 3rd May 2022
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