Wreck of the Old '97

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Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999) was a Canadian-American country music artist. He charted more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. This total includes the number 1 hits "I'm Moving On", "The Golden Rocket", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Let Me Go, Lover!", "I've Been Everywhere", and "Hello Love" as well as other top ten hits. He is a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Music Hall of Fame. more »

They give him his orders at Monroe, Virginia
 Sayin', "Steve you're way behind time
 This is not Thirty-Eight, but it's old Ninety-Seven
 You must put her in Spencer on time"
 Then he looked 'round and said to his black greasy fireman
 "Just shovel in a little more coal
 And when we cross that white oak mountain
 You can watch old Ninety-Seven roll"
 It's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville
 In a line on a three mile grade
 It was on that grade where he lost his air brakes
 So you see what a jump he made
 He was goin' down grade makin' ninety miles an hour
 And his whistle broke into a scream
 He was found in the wreck, with his hand on the throttle
 And scalded to death by the steam
 Now, ladies, you must all take warning
 From this time on and learn
 Never speak harsh words to your true lovin' husband
 He may leave you and never return

Written by: CHARLES W. NOELL, FRED J. LEWEY, HENRY WHITTER

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