Who Sang The Wreck of the Old '97? The Seekers

The Seekers The Seekers cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1964
Genre: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk Rock/Folk
Some other versions of "The Wreck of the Old '97"

Lyrics
They gave him his orders at Monroe, Virginia,
Sayin' "Steve, you're way behind time;
It's 8:38, and it's the Old '97;
Gotta put her into Danville on time."

Well, it's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg down to Danville,
On a line with a three-mile grade;
It was down that line where he lost his air-brakes;
You can see what a jump he made.
Steve Brady he said to his black, greasy fireman,
"Shovel on a little more coal;
I'm waitin' to pass them wide-open mountains;
Gonna see the Old '97 roll."

He's comin' down that line makin' ninety miles an hour;
The whistle broke into a scream;
They found him in the wreck with his hand upon the throttle;
He'd been scalded to death by steam.

Well, it's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg down to Danville,
On a line with a three-mile grade;
It was down that line where he lost his air-brakes;
You can see what a jump he made.
Steve Brady he said to his black, greasy fireman,
"Shovel on a little more coal;
I'm waitin' to pass them wide-open mountains;
Gonna see the Old '97 roll."

Well, come on now, all you ladies;
From this time on, now learn;
Don't you ever say harsh words to your true-lovin' husband;
He'll leave you and never return.

Well, it's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg down to Danville,
On a line with a three-mile grade;
It was down that line where he lost his air-brakes;
You can see what a jump he made.
Steve Brady he said to his black, greasy fireman,
"Shovel on a little more coal;
I'm waitin' to pass them wide-open mountains;
Gonna see the Old '97 roll."

Well, he's comin' down that line makin' ninety miles an hour;
And the whistle broke into a scream;
They found him in the wreck with his hand upon the throttle;
He'd been scalded to death by steam.

Well, it's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg down to Danville,
On a line with a three-mile grade;
It was down that line where he lost his air-brakes;
You can see what a jump he made.
Steve Brady he said to his black, greasy fireman,
"Shovel on a little more coal;
I'm waitin' to pass them wide-open mountains;
Gonna see the Old '97 roll."

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Wreck of the Old '97
  • 2 Danny Boy
  • 3 Waltzing Matilda
  • 4 Cotton Fields
  • 5 Lemon Tree
  • 6 Gotta Travel On
  • 7 With My Swag All on My Shoulder
  • 8 Plaisir D'Amour
  • 9 Isa Lei
  • 10 Whisky in the Jar
  • 11 Five Hundred Miles
  • 12 The Gypsy Rover
  • 13 South Australia

  • Release information
    label: World Record Club
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl