Only a Brakeman

DESCRIPTION: "Far out in Texas... This boy fell a victim.... Only a brakeman, gone on before, Only a brakeman, we'll never see more." The accident that cost him his life is alluded to; his grieving family is mentioned
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Randolph)
KEYWORDS: death railroading train family
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Randolph 679, "Only a Brakeman" (1 text, 1 tune)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 445-447, "Only a Brakeman" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 679)
Cohen-LSRail, pp. 173-174, "(Only a Brakeman" (excerpts from 7 "Only a Brakeman" songs; the last is this piece)

Roud #4147
cf. "Only a Miner" [Laws G33] (theme, meter, floating lyrics)
NOTES [8 words]: This song is item dG49 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW
File: R679

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