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The Engineer's Child lyrics and chords

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The Engineer's Child lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use only, it's a pretty ballad recorded by Hank Snow. It has a talking part with chords, it's not hard to do.


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The Engineer's Child
Recorded by Hank Snow  [3/4 time]
written by Harry Neal, Maggie Andrews, H.A. King

G                   C       G   
A little child on a sickbed lay
    C              G    
And death was very near
                      C    G         
She was the pride and only child
     A7            D7   
Of a railroad engineer

G            D7              G              
His duty had called him from those he loved
    D7                   G   
And seeing that hope was dim
                G7          C            
While a tear he shed to his wife he said
     G        D7       G       
Just have two lanterns trimmed

C                      G            
Just hang a light as I pass tonight
Hang it where it can be seen
       G                C            
If our baby's dead just show the red
         G           D7       G     
If she's better then show the green

                         C        G     
In a little house by the railroad track
  C                    G   
A mother with watchful eyes
                          C      G     
Saw a gleam of hope and a feeble smile
       A7                 D7  
As the train went rushing by

     G         D7           G           
Just one short look was his only chance
   D7            G      
To see the light agleam
                G7          C             
In the midnight air there a rose a prayer
      G       D7        G     
Thank God the light was green

Repeat #3


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