Wreck of the Old 97 cover
Wreck of the Old 97 cover

Wreck of the Old 97 Lyrics Meanings
by Johnny Cash

Wreck of the Old 97 Lyrics

Well they gave him his orders at Monroe, Virginia
Said: "Steve, you're way behind time
"This is not 38, this is ol' 97
"Put her into Spencer on time"

Then he turned around and said to his black, greasy fireman
"Shovel on a little more coal
"And when we cross that White Oak mountain
"Watch ol' '97 roll"

And then a telegram come from Washington station
This is how it read
"Oh that brave engineer that run ol' 97
"Is lyin' in old Danville dead"

'Cause he was going down a grade making 90 miles an hour
The whistle broke into a scream
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle
Scalded to death by the steam

One more time!
Oh, now all you ladies you'd better take a warning
From this time on and learn
Never speak hard words to your true lovin' husband
He may leave you and never return
Poor boy

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