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RAILROAD SONGS 263
fervor of the occasion is increased, and when 'she blows for the station/ the exclamations may be heard: 'Lawd, God, she's a-runnm' now!' or, 'Sho God railroading5 or others of a similar nature. The train 'pulls out' from the station, passes the road-crossings, goes up grade, down grade, blows for the crossing, meets the ' express' and the mail-train, blows for the side-track, rings the bell — the wheels are heard rolling on the track and crossing the joints in the rails. If the song is instrumental, only the man at the guitar announces the several states of the run. If the song is of words, the words are made to heighten the imagination, and between the stanzas there is ample time to picture the train and its occupants."