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American Ballads and Folk Songs
My heart began to flutter
And I began to sing,
"Ten thousand miles away from home,
A-bummin' a railroad train."
I pulled my cap down over my eyes And walked on down the tracks} Then I caught a sleeping-car, And never did look back.
I got off at Danville,
Got struck on a Danville girl;
You bet your life she was out of sight,
She wore those Danville curls.
She wore her hat on the back of her head, Like high-tone people do. And the very next train comes down this line, I'll bid that girl adieu.
THE WRECK ON THE C. & O.
OR
THE DEATH OF JACK HINTON*
"The ballad and the facts agree as follows: (1) The F.F.V., train No. 4, running east on the C. & O. Railroad, was wrecked near Hinton (Virginia) by a landslide. (2) The regular engineer, George Alley, was killed. (3) The fireman saved his life by jumping from the engine." *
*From Professor J. H. Cox's Folk-Songs of the South (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 192S).
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