Collected by Max Hunter (H-11)
For Mary C. Parler
Transcribed by Frances Majors
Sung by T. R. Hammond
September 17, 1958
Reel 255-56, Item 18
Come all you rounders, if you want to hear
The story of a brave old engineer;
Old Casey Jones was the rounder's name;
On a six eight wheeler he won his fame.
They called a call for Casey just at half-past four;
Casey kissed his wife at the station door.
He mounted to the cab with the order in his hand,
Saying, pardner, get you ready for the promised land.
Casey Jones he mounted to the cabin,
Mounted to the cab with the order in his hand;
Casey Jones mounted to the cab,
Take a farewell trip to the promised land.
He looked at his watch and his watch it was slow;
He turned at the water and the water was low;
Says, turn on the water and shovel in the coal,
Stick your head out the window, see the driver's roll,
For I'm going to drive her till she leaves the rail,
For I'm eight hours late with the western mail.
He just had reached to the Reno hill,
When he harked that whistle with a mighty thrill;
The switchman said that he knew the way it moaned
That the man at the throttle was Casey Jones.
Casey Jones he's a gwine to reach the Frisco,
Gwine to reach the Frisco but they'll all be dead;
Casey Jones, a-gwine to reach the Frisco,
Gwine to reach the Frisco but they'll all be dead.
He just had got within four miles of the place
When old Number Four stared him right in the face;
He turned to the fireman, said, Kid, you'd better jump,
For there's two locomotives and they're going to bump.
Casey Jones, (Cont'd)
Reel 255 -56, Item 18 (Cont'd)
C asey Jones and two locomotives,
Two locomotives and they're going to bump;
Casey Jones and two locomotives,
Two locomotives and they're going to bump.
Mrs. Casey Jones setting upon the bedside,
When she received the message that her Casey had died
Says, go to bed chillun and shush your crying,
For you've got another poppy on the Salt Lake line.
Young Casey Jones got another poppy,
Got another poppy on the Salt Lake line;
Young Casey Jones he has got another poppy,
He's got another poppy on the Salt Lake line.
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