I started on a journey, about a year ago
To a little town called Morrow in the state of Ohio
I've never been much of a traveller, so I really didn't know
That Morrow was the hardest place I'd ever try to go!
I went down to the station for my ticket and applied
For tips regarding Morrow not expecting to be guyed (means fooled)
Said I," I'd like to go to Morrow and return
No later than tomorrow, for I haven't time to burn."
Said he to me, "now let me see if I have heard you right--
You'd like to go to Morrow and return tomorrow night"
"You should have gone to Morrow yesterday and back today
For the train today to Morrow is a mile upon its way....
"If you had gone to Morrow yesterday now don't you see
You could have gone to Morrow and returned today at three.
For the train today to Morrow, if the schedule is right
Today it goes to Morrow and returns tomorrow night.
Said I," My friend, it seems to me you're talking through your hat
There is a town called Morrow on the line, now tell me that!"
"There is," said he, "but take from me a quiet little tip
To go from here to Morrow is a fourteen hour trip.
"The train today to Morrow leaves today at 8:35
At half-past ten tomorrow is the time it should arrive
So if from here to Morrow is a fourteen hour jump
Can you get anywhere tomorrow and get back today, you chump?"
"Said I," I'd like to go to Morrow, so can I go today
And get to Morrow by tonight if there is no delay?"
"Well, well", said he to me, "and I've got no more to say
Can you get anywhere tomorrow and get back again today?"
Said I,"I guess you know it all, but kindly let me say
How can I get to Morrow if I leave this town today?"
Said he,"You cannot get to Morrow anymore today
For the train that goes to Morrow is a mile upon its way!"
I was so disappointed I was mad enough to swear,
The train had gone to Morrow and it left me standing there.
The man was right in tellin' me that I was a howlin' jay
I could not go to Morrow, so I guess in town I'll stay.
Recorded by Bob Gibson