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The Wreck Of The Old 97
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The Wreck Of The Old 97 lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use only, it's a great country classic by Johnny Cash. This old song has been enjoyed for many years and it's still fun to play.


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The Wreck Of The Old 97
recorded by Johnny Cash  
written by Bob Johnson and Johnny Cash

G                           C
They give him his orders at Monroe Virginia
       G                       D7
Saying Steve you're way behind time
        G                  C
This is not 38 but this is Old 97
G          D7         G
Put her in Spencer on time
Then he looked around and said to his black greasy fireman
     G                       D7
Just shovel on a little more coal
    G                  C
And when we cross that White Oak Mountain
G       D7           G
You can watch Old 97 roll
And when a telegram comes from Washington Station
    G              D7
And this is how it read
        G                    C
Oh that brave engineers that run old 97
G               D7       G
Is lying in old Danville dead
He was going down grade making 90 miles an hour
     G                        D7
When his whistle broke into a scream
       G                           C
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle
    G              D7           G
And was scalded to death by the steam
Now ladies you must take warning
     G                D7
From this time on and learn
      G                         C
Never speak harsh words to your true loving husband
G                D7        G
He may leave you and never return


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