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Life's Railway to Heaven

Life's Railway to Heaven
(Charles D. Tilman, 1918, words M.E.Abbey)

1. Life is like a mountain railroad,
   With an engineer that's brave;
   We must make the run successful,
   From the cradle to the grave;
   Watch the curves, the hills, the tunnels;
   Never falter, never quail;
   Keep your hand upon the throttle, And your eye upon the rail.

   Blessed Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
   Til we reached that blissful shore;
   Where the angels wait to join us
   In thy praise for evermore.

2. You will roll up grades of trial;
   You will cross the bridge of strife;
   See that Christ is your conductor;
   On this light'ning train of life;
   Always mindful of obstruction,
   Do your duty, never fail;
   Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

3. You will often find obstruction;
   Look for storms of wind and rain;
   On a hill, or curve, or trestle.
   They will almost ditch your train;
   Put your trust alone in Jesus;
   Never falter, never fail;
   Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

4. As you roll across the trestle,
   Spanning Jordon's swelling tide.
   You behold the Union depot
   Into which your train will guide.
   There you'll meet the Superintendent,
   God the father, God the son
   With the hearty, joyous plaudit,
   "Weary pilgrim, welcome Home!"

   Left-Handed Compliment was going to sing it at the Smithsonian
   Bridges and Rivers concert in 1985. We ended up not using it.

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