Casey Jones (V)
DESCRIPTION: Casey's wife and child cry and ask him not to go but he has the fireman fire up and go. A flock of sheep on the track delays them. As they speed up to make up time a frightened passenger sings "Lord have mercy... Save me Jesus."
EARLIEST DATE: 1963 (MJHurt04)
KEYWORDS: parting separation death train wreck railroading religious wife family
Mississippi John Hurt, "Talking Casey Jones" (on MJHurt04)
NOTES: Hurt's "Talking Casey Jones" is a cante fable spoken and sung against slide guitar playing that mimics the train. - BS
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