The Wreck of the Old '97 Lyrics

Johnny Cash

publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Tommy Collins
album: Track 23 in album Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash / All Aboard the Blue Train
release date: 2007-8-3
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length: 1:48
writer: [traditional]

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Johnny Cash Original Sun Sound of Johnny Cash / All Aboard the Blue Train cover art
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Well, they gave him his orders in Monroe, Virginian,
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 reach that White Oak mountain,
"Watch Ol'97 roll."

And then a telegran come from Washington station,
This is what it read,
"Oh that brave engineer that run '97,
"Is lyin' in 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 steam."

One more time!

Oh, now all you ladies better take a warning,
From this time on and learn.
Never speak harsh to your true-lovin' husband,
He may leave you and never return.

Poor Boy.

Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Always Alone
  • 2 Country Boy
  • 3 Goodnight Irene
  • 4 Wide Open Road
  • 5 Thanks a Lot
  • 6 Big River
  • 7 Belshazah
  • 8 Born to Lose
  • 9 New Mexico
  • 10 I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  • 11 Two Timin' Woman
  • 12 The Story of a Broken Heart
  • 13 Blue Train
  • 14 There You Go
  • 15 Train of Love
  • 16 Goodbye, Little Darlin'
  • 17 I Heard That Lonesome Whistle
  • 18 Come in Stranger
  • 19 Rock Island Line
  • 20 Give My Love to Rose
  • 21 Hey! Porter
  • 22 Folsom Prison Blues
  • 23 The Wreck of the Old '97
  • 24 So Doggone Lonesome
  • 25 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
  • 26 You Win Again
  • 27 Hey, Good Lookin'
  • 28 I Could Never Be Ashamed of You
  • 29 Next in Line
  • 30 Straight A's in Love
  • 31 Folsom Prison Blues
  • 32 I Walk the Line
  • 33 I Love You Because
  • 34 Mean Eyed Cat