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Casey Jones Lyrics

Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: Unearthed

Come all you rounders if you wanna hear the story about a brave engineer
Casey Jones was the roller's name on a 68 wheeler course he won his fame
Caller called Casey bout half past four he kissed his wife at the station door
He climbed in the cabin with his orders in his hand
Said this is the trip to the Promised Land
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin Casey Jones orders in his hand
Casey Jones leanin' out the window taking a trip to the Promised Land

Through South Memphis Yards on a fly rain been a fallin' and the water was high
Everybody knew by the engine's moan that the man at the throttle was Casey Jones
Well Jones said fireman now don't you fret Sam Webb said we ain't a givin' up yet
We're eight hours late with the southbound mail
We'll be on time or we're leavin' the rails
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin...

Dead on the rail was a passenger train blood was a boilin' in Casey's brain
Casey said hey now look out ahead jump Sam jump or we'll all be dead
With a hand on a whistle and a hand on a brake north Mississippi was wide awake
I see railroad official said he's a good engineer to be a laying dead
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin...

Headaches and heartaches and all kinds of pain all the part of a railroad train
Sweat and toil the good and the grand part of the life of a railroad man
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin...
Comments/Interpretations
by lewis on 11/15/2008 8:54am
i'm three years old and i can't quite catch the lyrics to the song
what is the rollers name and what is the roller
by Rickao on 4/25/2009 7:57am
"Casey Jones was the roller's name"

A roller, in this song, is a train engineer. (rolling the train, I'm assuming)
by Michael on 8/16/2012 4:16pm
Lyrics in the third verse are wrong. "I see railroad official said" should be "I.C. railroad official said" - referring to the Illinois Central Railroad.
by Matt on 3/10/2013 7:05am
Michael is indeed correct: it is not "I see..."
by Jeb on 4/21/2013 4:26pm
The engineer's name was actually Sim Webb


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