Gut Rumbles

May 04, 2008

The words

Originally published August 24, 2003

I cannot believe that some people never heard this song.


Well they gave him his orders in Monroe, Virginia
Sayin' "Speed, you're way behind time,
This is NOT 38, this is old 97,
You bring her into Danville on time."

Old Speed turned around to his black, greasy fireman
Sayin,' "Shovel in a little more coal,
Cause when we hit the White Oak Mountain
You're gonna see Old 97 roll."

It's a mighty rough rail from Washington to Danville
It's lying on a three mile grade
It was on that grade that he lost his airbrakes
You should have seen what a jump he made.

He was flying down the grade doing 90 miles an hour
When his whistle broke into a scream
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle
Scalded to death by the steam.

If you've never heard that song, you need to be dragged off and shot.

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