Sung by Don Jackson DeQueen, Ark.
July 15, 1965 Reel 373 Item 4
Collected by Don Jackson For M.C. Parler (Folklore Class Sing-A-Bout) Transcribed by Linda Humphrey
"I stepped out this morning"
I stepped out this morning To watch the drivers roll,
To hear the whistle blowin'
While the fireman shoveled coal.
When I got to the switch yard,
I heard the brakeman say,
Oh what a mystery!
your engine is cold today
Up stepped a little maiden With tear drops in her eyes;
She began, "0 Mister Man,
Do you pull ole Number Five?
My daddy was your fireman,
And he often spoke of you;
You've been so kind-hearted,
So honest, so brave, and so true."I stepped out this morning" continued
"He was found dead this morning On trestle number two,
On his was to prepare The morning train for you."
This story explained the mystery; The shy little maiden was told;
It was the first time in history,
I found my engine cold.
Now you railroad men take warning, Play this game and fair,
When the Master calls on us,
We'll meet my fireman up there.
Mr. Jackson got this song from Charles Hillburn of Jonesboro, Arkansas, who got it from his father.
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