Wabash Cannon Ball
Traditional - Carter Family

From the great Atlantic Ocean to the wide Pacific shore
From sunny California to ice-bound Labrador
She's the mighty tall and handsome, she's known quite well by all
She's the mighty combination of the Wabash cannon ball

Oh, listen to the jingle, to the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodlands, through hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of enginr, hear those lonesome hobos squall
While traveling through the jungle on the Wabash Cannon Ball

This train, she runs to Memhis, Mattoon, and Mexico
She rolls through East St. Louis, and she never does it slow
As she flies through Colorado, she gives an awfull squall
They tell her by her whistle the Wabash Cannon Ball

Our eastern states are dandy, so the people always say
From New York to St. Louis, and Chicago by the way
From the hills of Minnesota where the rippling water fall
No changes can be taken on the Wabash Cannon Ball

Now heres to Boston Blackey, may his name forever stand
And always be remembered by hobos in this land
His earthly days are over and the curtains 'round him fall
We'll carry him home to victory on the Wabash Cannon Ball







Wabash Cannon Ball
as sung by the Carter Family

Out from the wide Pacific to the broad Atlantic shore
She climbs flowery mountains o’er hills and by the shore
Although she's tall and handsome and she's known quite well by all
She's a regular combination of the Wabash Cannonball

Oh, the eastern states are dandy, so the western people say
Chicago, Rock Island, St. Louis by the way
To the lakes of Minnesota where the rippling waters fall
No changes to be taken on the Wabash Cannonball

   Oh, listen to the jingle, the rumor and the roar
   As she glides along the woodlands o’er hills and by the shore
   She climbs the flowery mountains, hear the merry hobos squall
   She glides along the woodlands, the Wabash Cannonball

Oh, here's Old Daddy Cleton, let his name forever be
And long be remembered in the courts of Tennessee
For he is a good old rounder, till the curtain round him fall
He'll be carried back to victory on the Wabash Cannonball

I have rode the I.C. Limited, also the Royal Blue
Across the eastern countries on mail car number two
I have rode those highball trains from coast to coast that's all
but I have found no equal to the Wabash Cannonball


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