Sung by: Mrs. Alice Isringhouse
Recorded in Holly Grove, AR 6/15/59

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I stepped out this morning
To watch my drivers roll;
I heard my whistle blowing
While the fireman slung the coal.
When I got to the switchyard,
I heard a brakeman say,
"Oh, what a mystery
Your engine told today."

Up stepped a little maiden
With a teardrop in her eye.
She began, "Oh, mister man,
Do you pull Number Five?
My daddy was your fireman,
And he often spoke of you
Of being so kind-hearted,
So honest, so brave and true.

He was found dead this morning
On trestle number two,
On his way to prepare
This morning train for you."
This story explains the mystery
The little maiden told.
It was the first time in history
I'd found my engines cold.

So railroad men, take warning,
And play this game fair,
So when the Master calls on you,
You'll meet my fireman up there.

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

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Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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