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16} WHEN YOU HEAR THAT WHISTLE BLOW
White, p. 65, in his head-note to a song beginning,
Oh, don91 you hear that whistle blo'n
remarks that "every line is found in printed versions of other songs but the combination is original." No printed version of the following song has been found. Cf. Scarborough, p. 246, stanzas 5 and 6.
Obtained from Dr. Daniel S. Gage, Fulton, Missouri, August, 1931, who had it from Richard H. Moser, Swannanoa, North Carolina.
1. When you hear the whistle blow, When you hear the whistle blow, When you hear the whistle blow, I am coming home.
2. Oh, my darling, if you say so, I will ride the rail no more;
T will sidetrack my train, And go home.
3. You can hear the whistle blow, You can hear the whistle blow, You can hear the whistle blow, Ninety miles away.
4. If you don't believe I'm gone, You can number the train I'm on; You can hear the whistle blow, Ninety miles away.
5. If I die a railroad man,
You can bury me in the sand; You can hear old number nine As she rolls by.
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