Casey Jones

Paul Austin Kelly

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American folk song about a train engineer hero. The music is fast and driving, lots of guitar and drums.

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Trad.- P.A. Kelly

Trad.- P.A. Kelly

P.A. Kelly

Come all you Rounders, if you want to hear
The story about a brave engineer
Casey Jones was the Rounder’s name
Twas on the Illinois Central he won his fame

Refrain
Casey Jones loved a locomotive
Casey Jones, a mighty man was he
Casey Jones final locomotive
Was the Cannonball Special on the old IC

Casey hit Memphis driving No. 4
The engine foreman met him at the roundhouse door
He said Joe Louis can’t make this run
So you’ll have to pull a double out on No. 1

If I can have Sim Webb and Engine Three-Eighty-Two
Although I’m mighty weary I’ll pull her through
Put on my brand new whistle that come in today
Cause I mean to keep her wailin’ as we ride and pray

Refrain
Casey Jones climbed up in the cabin
Casey Jones, orders in his hands
Casey Jones got up in the cabin
Started on his final journey to the Promised Land

They pulled out of Memphis nearly two hours late
And soon they were speeding at a terrible rate
The people in their beds knew by the whistle’s moan
That the man at the throttle was Casey Jones

Gotta have more coal loaded, Fireman Sim!
Open up that door, man, and shovel her in!
Give that boiler everything you got
And you bet we’ll get to Canton right on the dot

On April 30, 1900 rainy morn
Down in Mississippi near the town of Vaughn
Sped the Cannonball Special only two minutes late
Travelin’ 70 miles an hour when they saw that freight

They saw that its caboose was sitting on the main line
Casey hollered, “Jump out, Sim, while you’ve got time!”
At three-fifty-two that morning came the end
Casey took his final trip off to the Promised Land

Refrain
Casey Jones, he died at the throttle
Casey Jones, a whistle in his hands
Casey Jones, he died at the throttle
Now he drives a locomotive in the Promised Land

Casey’s buried down in Tennessee
Close beside the tracks of the old IC
His spirit lives forever now throughout the land
He’s the greatest of all legends to a railroad man

Refrain
Casey Jones, he died at the throttle
Casey Jones, a whistle in his hands
Casey Jones, he died at the throttle
Now he drives a locomotive in the Promised Land

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