Collected by: Deanna Moore
Transcribed by: Doug Hanyie
Arkansas Folklore Class
Sung by: RK Moore
Benton, Arkansas October 23, 1960
Reel 382; Item 8
Come all you rounders if you wanta here A story 'bout a brave engineer.
Casey Jones was the rounders name.
On 6-8 wheeler boy he won his fame.
The caller called Casey at half passed four He kissed his wife at the station door.
He mounted his cabin with his orders in his hand And he took his farewell trip to the promised land.
Casey Jones mounted to his cabi.
Casey Jones with orders in his hand.
Casey Jones Mounted to the cabin
And he took his farewell trip to the promised land.
He looked at his water and his water was low.
He looked at his watch and his watch was slow
He turned to the firemand and he said
We're gonna reach Refrisco, but we'll all be dead.
Put in your water and shovel in your coal,
Stick your head out the window watch the driver roll.
I'll run her till she leaves the rail
Cause we're 8 hours late with the Western mail.
Now Casey pulled up at Reno Hill
He tooted at the crossing with an awful shrill.
The switchman knew by the engin's moans
That the man at the throatle was old Casey Jones.
Casey Jones, gonna reach Refrisco,
Casey Jones, we 'll all be dead.
Casey Jones, gonna reach Refrisco
Gonnal reach Refrisco but we'll all be dead.CASEY JONES, cont.
Reel 382; Item 8 cont'd
Casey come in just a mile of the place
When Number 4 stared him right in the face
He turned to the fireman and said, "Boy, you'd better jump.
Cause these locomotives are bound to bump."
Casey said, just before he died,
There was two more roads that he'd like to ride.
The fireman said "What can they be?"
He said, "The Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe."
Now Mrs. Jones sat on her bed signing,
Just to see the message that Casey was dieing.
Said "Go to bed children and hush your crying
Cause you've got another pappy on the Salt Lake Line."
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