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Uploaded on Oct 5, 2010

On a cold November mornin'
Back in Ninteen Thirty Seven
With an early snow a fallin'
On the three foot tracks at Ames
Came a mighty strange contraption
Known to trainmen as a "Motor"
But to folks in Colorado
She was know by another name

Up the canyon south a Sawpit
Past the red cathedral spires
Cross the yellow mountain switchbacks
An' the rapids far below
On the high an' lofty trestles
Near the fabled mines of Ophir
In the silver San Juan mountains
Came a Goose a plowin' snow

With a Pierce Arrow engine runnin' hot 'n on the loose
Came the Rio Grande Southern, the Gallopin' Goose
With a Pierce Arrow engine runnin' hot 'n on the loose
Came Number Five, the Gallopin' Goose

"Twas a four door aut-a-mobile
On a dozen wheels of iron
Sixteen feet a rockin' boxcar
Spot welded to 'er tail
Loaded down with merchenteel
Ten bags a high grade ore
Two mothers nursin' babies
Seven miners, and the mail

Up the side a Sunshine Mountain
By internal gas combustion
Eight Pierce Arrow pistons pullin'
Fifteen thousand pounds a lead
At the snow shed on the summit
The conductor said his prayers
He declared a busted driveshaft
On the pass a Lizard Head

With a Pierce Arrow engine runnin' hot 'n on the loose
Came the Rio Grande Southern, the Gallopin' Goose
With a Pierce Arrow engine runnin' hot 'n on the loose
Came Number Five, the Gallopin' Goose

Down the three percent to Rico
In the valley of Dolores
They still talk about The Southern
An' her flock a flyin' Geese
From the round-house at Ridgway
To the depot at Durango
All the tracks are gone fer scrap iron
An' the Ganders rest in piece

Up the canyon south a Sawpit
Past the red cathedral spires
Cross the yellow mountain switchbacks
An' the rapids far below
On the high an' lofty trestles
Near the fabled mines of Ophir
In the silver San Juan mountains
There's a legend in the snow

With a Pierce Arrow engine runnin' hot 'n on the loose
Came the Rio Grande Southern, the Gallopin' Goose
With a Pierce Arrow engine runnin' hot 'n on the loose
Came Number Five, the Gallopin' Goose

© Chip Davis, Bill Fries

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