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Vernon Dalhart - vocal

 

THE RUNAWAY TRAIN
 

T'was in the year of eighty-nine, on that old Chicago line

When the winter wind was blowin' shrill

The rails were froze, the wheels were cold, then the air

brakes wouldn't hold

And Number Nine came roaring down the hill.....oooooh!

 

The runaway train came down the track and she blew, she blew

The runaway train came down the track and she blew, she blew

The runaway train came down the track, her whistle wide and her throttle back

And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew

 

The engineer said the train must halt and she blew, she blew

The engineer said the train must halt and she blew, she blew

The engineer said the train must halt, he said it was all the fireman's fault

And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew

 

The fireman said he rang the bell and she blew, she blew

The fireman said he rang the bell and she blew, she blew

The fireman said he rang the bell, the engineer said "You did like hell!"

And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew

 

The porter got an awful fright and she blew, she blew

The porter got an awful fright and she blew, she blew

The porter got an awful fright, he got so scared he near turned white

And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew

 

A donkey was standing in the way and she blew, she blew

A donkey was standing in the way and she blew, she blew

A donkey was standing in the way and all they found was just his bray

And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew

 

A drummer sat in the parlor car and she blew, she blew

A drummer sat in the parlor car and she blew, she blew

A drummer sat in the parlor car and he nearly swallowed a fat cigar

And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew

 

The conductor said there'd be a wreck and she blew, she blew

The conductor said there'd be a wreck and she blew, she blew

The conductor said there'd be a wreck and he felt the chills run up his neck

And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew

 

The runaway train went over the hill and she blew, she blew

The runaway train went over the hill and she blew, she blew

The runaway train went over the hill and the last we heard

she was going still

And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew
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