OF OLD 97
they gave him his orders in Monroe, Virginia,
"Steve, you're way behind time.
not 38, it is Old 97,
put her into Spencer on time."
the engineer he said to his black, greasy fireman,
on a little more coal,
we cross that White Oak Mountain,
watch Old 97 roll."
mighty hard road from Lynchburg to Danville,
with a three-mile grade;
on that grade that he lost his airbrake,
see what a jump she made.
goin' down the grade making 90 miles an hour,
whistle broke into a scream.
found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle,
scalded to death by the steam.
you ladies, you must take warning,
this story a lesson learn,
speak harsh words to your true lovin' husband,
leave you and never return.