The Wreck Of Ol' 97 Uke tab by Johnny Cash

3 Chords used in the song: G, C, D

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The Wreck Of Ol' 97

G G C C
Well, they gave him his orders at Monroe, Virginia
G G D D
Sayin', "Steve you're way behind time
G G C C
This is not Thirty-Eight it is old Ninety-Seven
G G D D
you must put her into Spencer on time."

G G C C
Then he turned and said to his black greasy fireman
G G D D
"Hey, shovel in a little more coal
G G C C
For when we cross that White Oak Mountain
G G D D
Watch old Ninety-Seven roll."

G G C C
It's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville
G G D D
with a line on a three mile grade
G G C C
it was on that grade that he lost his airbrakes
G G D D
see what a jump he made

G G C C
He was going down the grade makin' ninety miles an hour
G G D D
When his whistle broke into a scream
G G C C
He was found in the wreck, with his hand on the throttle,
G G D D
scalded to death by the steam

G G C C
The telegram came from the Washington station
G G D D
this is how it read
G G C C
"Oh that brave engineer that run old Ninety-Seven
G G D D
is lying in old Danville dead

G G D D
So now all you ladies you better take fair warnin'
G G D D
From this time on and learn
G G C C
Never speak harsh words to your true lovin' husband
G G D D
he may leave you and never return

 

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