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Reckless Motorman

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Reckless Motorman


INtro strum a few bars in G

verse 1:
(G)Yonder stands the reckless(C)motorman
Who says his(G)age is twenty(D)one
(G)Standing by his mainline (C)motor
Saying(G)folks what(D)have I(G)done

verse 2:
(G)Is it true I've killed my(C) brakemen
Is it(G) true that he is(D) dying
Oh I(G) tried to stop my(C) motor
But I (G)could not (D)stop in (G)time

Carter pick verse

verse 3:
(G)See the cars stacked up(C)on him
See him (G)raise his weary (D)head
See his (G)sister standing (C)by him
Crying (G)brother (D)are you (G)dead

verse 4:
(G)Sister sister I am (C)dying
Soon I'll (G)be on yonder (D)shore
Soon I'll (G)have a home in (C)heaven
There'll (G)be no brak(D)ing any(G)more

Carter pick verse

verse 5:
(G)Go and tell my youngest (C)brother
Take these (G)words true and (D)end
To never (G)start the day a (C)braking
For his (G)life is (D)sure to (G)end

verse 6:
(G)Go tell my father who is (C)weighman
What he (G)weighs to weigh it (D)fair
There'll (G)be no scales up in (C)heaven
For that (G)meeting (D)in the (G)air

Thanks to Terry Smith (GA USA) for this transcription.