Collected by Raymond W. Whittier For M.C. Parlor
Transcribed by Raymond W. Whittier
Sung by: Irene Sargent West Fork, Arkansas December 9, 1960
Reel 303 Item 17
Ben Dewberry was a brave engineer.
He told his fireman don't you ever fear.
All I want is the water and coal,
Put your head out the window, watch your drivers roll. Watch your drivers roll, watch your drivers roll.
Put your head out the window, watch your drivers roll.
Ben Dewberry said before he died,
There's too many roads that he wanted to ride,
The fireman asked him what could they be.
Said the old Northeastern and the A & D.
Yes the A & D, he said the A & D.
It's the old Northeastern and the A & D.
Ben looked at his watch, shook his head.
We may make Atlanta but we'll all be dead.
The train was flying by the tressle and switch,
Without any warning then he took the ditch.
Yes he went in the ditch, yes he took the ditch. Without any warning then he took the ditch.
Two locomotives leap from the rail.
Ben never lived to tell the awful tale.
His life was ended and his work was done,
When Ben Dewberry made the final run.
He made his final run, he made his final run,
When Ben Dewberry made his final run.
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