Collected by Raymond W. Whittier For M.C. Parlor
Transcribed by Raymond W. Whittier
Sung by: Mr. Clyde Bland Little Rock, Arkansas November 25, 1960
Reel 303 Item 4
The Wreck of Old Ninety-Seven
They give him his orders at Monroe, Virginia,
Saying, Pete you're a-way behind time.
This is not thirty-eight but it’s old ninety-seven.
You must get 'er into Center on time.
He looked ’round the bend to his black greasy fireman, Says shovel in a little more coal,
For when we cross those White Oak Mountains,
You can watch old ninety-seven roll.
It’s a mighty rough road from Stanberg to Wheeling,
With a line on a three mile grade.
It was on this grade that he lost his average.
And you see what a job he made.
He was goin' down grade making ninety miles an hour, When his whistle broke into a scream.
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle, Scalded to death by steam.
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