Casey Jones


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Casey Jones

Music by Eddie Newton Words by T. Lawrence Seibert Hear Billy Murray and Chorus sing on a 1910 recording from The Collected Works of Billy Murray and Chorus at archive.org Hear it Sung by Brian Hefferan, 2004, from the album Mother I'm Wild! View sheet music from the Lester S. Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
[Verse 1] C Come all you rounders if you want to hear G7 The story of a brave engineer C Casey Jones was the rounder's name G7 C On the "six-eight" wheeler, boys, he won his fame C The caller called Casey at half past four G7 He kissed his wife at the station door C He mounted to the cabin with the orders in his hand G7 C And he took his farewell trip to that promis'd land [Chorus 1] C Casey Jones--mounted to his cabin G7 Casey Jones--with his orders in his hand C Casey Jones--mounted to his cabin G7 took his farewell trip to that promis'd land [Verse 2] put in the water and shovel on your coal Stick your head out the window, see the drivers roll I'm gonna drive her til she leaves the rail For I'm eight hours late for the western mail He looked at his water and his water was low He looked at his watch and his watch was slow He turned to his fireman and this is what he said "Boy, we're going to reach Frisco, but we'll all be dead" [Chorus 2] Casey Jones -- gonna reach 'Frisco Casey Jones -- but we'll all be dead Casey Jones --gonna reach 'Frisco gonna reach 'Frisco but we'll all be dead [Verse 3] Casey pulled up that Reno hill tooted for the crossing with an awful shrill The switchman knew by the way the engine moaned That the man at the throttle was Casey Jones Pulled up within six miles of the place No. 4 starin' him straight in the face He turned to his fireman, said "boy, you'd better jump For there're two locomotives that are going to bump. [Chorus 3] Casey Jones--two locomotives Casey Jones-- that are going to bump etc. [Verse 4] Casey said just before he died "There're two more roads I would like to ride" The fireman said "Which ones can they be?" "Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe" Mrs. Jones sat at her bed a sighing Just heard the news that her Casey was dying Said "Hush up children, and quite your cryin' For you've got another poppa on the Salt Lake Line" [Chorus 4] Casey Jones - Got another Papa Casey Jones - on the Salt Lake Line ...