"Casey Jones" as written by and John S / Hurt....
Come all you rounders if you want to hear the story about a brave engineer
Casey Jones was the roller's name on a 68 wheeler course he won his fame
Caller called Casey bout half past four he kissed his wife at the station door
He climbed in the cabin with his orders in his hand
Said this is the trip to the Promised Land
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin Casey Jones orders in his hand
Casey Jones leanin' out the window taking a trip to the Promised Land

Through South Memphis Yards on a fly rain been a fallin' and the water was high
Everybody knew by the engine's moan that the man at the throttle was Casey Jones
Well Jones said fireman now don't you fret Sam Webb said we ain't a givin' up yet
We're eight hours late with the southbound mail
We'll be on time or we're leavin' the rails
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin

Dead on the rail was a passenger train blood was a boilin' in Casey's brain
Casey said hey now look out ahead jump Sam jump or we'll all be dead
With a hand on a whistle and a hand on a brake north Mississippi was wide awake
I see railroad official said he's a good engineer to be a laying dead
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin

Headaches and heartaches and all kinds of pain all the part of a railroad train
Sweat and toil the good and the grand part of the life of a railroad man
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin

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"Casey Jones" as written by John S Hurt


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    General CommentA railroad icon.
    bear_hug20on November 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is based off an old folk song that tells the story of an engineer who died in a train accident. It's made famous by the song Casey Jones by the Greatful Dead. The spelling should really be Kasey tho, since he was from Kasey, KY. The accident happened when a switch was supposedly left open and so the two trains collided. Casey Jones saved his fireman from a sure death by shoving him out of the train, as he applied the brakes, which saved all the people on the train. AND BTW there is no evidence that Casey Jones used cocaine like the GD version of the song suggests.
    PTCGAZon December 12, 2012   Link

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