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Wreck Of The Old 97  Johnny Cash














They [G]gave him his orders at [C]Monroe Virginia
He said, [G]"Steve your way behind the [D]time.
This is [G]not thirty eight this is [C]old 97
[G]pull her into [D]Spencer on [G]time".


He [G]turned and he said to his [C]black greasy fireman,
"Let's [G]shovel on a little more [D]coal
and [G]when we cross that [C]white oak mountain
just [G]watch old ninety [D]seven [G]roll."



It was a[G] mighty rough road from [C]Lynchburg to Danville
on a c[G]limb with a three mile [D]grade.
It was o[G]n that grade that he [C]lost his air brakes
[G]You see what a [D]jump he [G]made.


He was [G]goin' down the grade makin' [C]ninety miles an hour
His [G]whistle broke into a [D]scream
He was [G]found in that wreck with his [C]hand on the throttle
[G]scalded to [D]death by the [G]steam.


Well [G]all you ladies, you'd [C]better take this warnin'
from [G]this time on and [D]learn
Never [G]speak harsh words to your [C]true love or husband
he may l[G]eave you and [D]never re[G]turn


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