Monday, July 18, 2016

The Wabash Cannonball by Roy Acuff

From the great Atlantic ocean to the wide Pacific shore
She climbs a flowery mountains o'er the hills and by the shore
She's mighty tall and handsome she's known quite well by all
She's a regular combination on the Wabash Cannonball

Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodland o'er the hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of the engine hear those lonesome hoboes call
Traveling through the jungle on the Wabash Cannonball

Well she came down from Birmingham one cold December day
As she pulled into the station you could hear all the people say
She's from Tennessee she's long and she's tall
She came down from Birmingham on the Wabash Cannonball

Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodland o'er the hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of the engine hear those lonesome hoboes call
Traveling through the jungle on the Wabash Cannonball

Here's to daddy Claxton may his name forever stand
And always be remembered in the courts throughout the land
His earthly race is over and the curtains round him fall
We'll carry him home to Dixie on the Wabash Cannonball

Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodland o'er the hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of the engine hear those lonesome hoboes call
Traveling through the jungle on the Wabash Cannonball

TRAIN IN VAIN

3 comments:

Aaron Vattano said...

There are no jungles in the United States. This song is clearly celebrating the glory of the old western railroads. Boasting of how they could take you all across the country and this song even says it will take you through the jungle. Well good luck with that. In other versions of this song that line has been replaced with "you can reach your destination on the wabash cannonball". A much more appropriate lyric. But with the exception of the jungle lyric this is a fine song. One that makes me happy. A simple and silly song about a Train. But with a catchy melody and harmless. I approve of it and would be happy to sing it at a campfire.

Dan Tschirhart said...

Yeah, this is a jolly little jingle

This could be on an Andy Griffith episode -

- the part after Opie has learned a lesson, Barnie Fife has been a boob, and Andy grabs the harmonica

It might've already happened, and this could be a lost memory...who knows?

Railroads remind me of Monopoly and Atlas Shrugged....i've tried to read that book a couple of times...just can't do it

Which begs the question

Would you rather be able to see all the classified files in the Pentagon or know how the Pyramids were made?

Aaron Vattano said...

Pyramids for sure