The Songs He Sang
Brave Engineer: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
On a dark and stormy night Not a star was in sight And the north wind come howlin' down the line With his sweetheart so dear Stood a brave engineer With his orders to pull ol' No 9 With a tear in her eye She kissed him goodbye And the joy in his heart he could not hide And the whole world seemed bright As she told him that night That tomorrow she'd be his blushing bride Well the wheels hummed a song As the train rolled along And the black smoke came pouring from the stack And the headlight agleam Seemed to brighten his dream Of tomorrow when he'd be going back As he rounded the hill His brave heart stood still For a headlight was shining in his face And he uttered a prayer As he threw on the air For he knew had run his final race In the wreck he was found Lying there on the ground And he asked them to raise his weary head As his breath slowly went This the message he sent To the maiden who thought that she'd be wed There's a little white home I have bought for our own Where I dreamed we'd be happy by and by And I leave it to you For I know you'll be true Till we meet at that golden gate goodbye
Recorded under several other names (Wreck of Old #9, Bury The Shovel), Cisco takes another sentimental piece of tripe and makes it almost work.