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Wreck of the Six Wheeler

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Published on Feb 26, 2011

Jody Kruskal and Paul Friedman performing "Wreck of the Six Wheeler" on Anglo concertina and fiddle from their album "Paul and Jody - American Songs and Tunes" JMK 104, available at http://www.jodykruskal.com/

We heard this song from the singing of Newton Gaines (18??-1963) who learned it in the course of his work with the Texas Folklore Society. He recorded it in 1929, at the beginning of his 30-year tenure as chairman of the Physics Department at Texas Christian University.

Wreck of the Six Wheeler

Monday morning it began to rain
'Round the bend come a passenger train
On the Charlie was old Jimmy Jones
He's a good old porter but he's dead and gone
Dead and gone, he's dead and gone
Been on the Charlie so long

Joseph Michael was a good engineer
Told his fireman not to fear
All he wanted keep her good and hot
We'll make the pass about four o'clock
Four o'clock, about four o'clock
Been on the Charlie so long

When he was about a mile out the place
Number One stared him right in the face
Conductor looked at his watch and he mumbled and said
"We might make it but we'll all be dead"
All be dead, we'll all be dead
Been on the Charlie so long

When the two locomotives was about to bump
Fireman preparing for to make his jump
Engineer blowed the whistle and the fireman bawled
"Oh Mister Conductor won't you save us all"
Save us all, oh save us all
Been on the Charlie so long

Oh you oughta been there for to see the sight
Running and screaming both colored and white
Some was crippled and some was lame
But the six wheel driver had to bear the blame
Had to bear the blame, had to bear the blame
Been on the Charlie so long

Ain't it a pity, oh ain't it a shame
That the six wheel driver had to bear the blame
Been on the Charlie so long.

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