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Casey Jones, by Joe Hill

Song: Casey Jones
Lyrics: Joe Hill(1)

Music: Joe Hill(1)
Year: 1912
Genre: Folk
Country: USA

The workers on the S. P. line(2) to strike sent out a call;
But Casey Jones, the engineer, he wouldn't strike at all;
His boiler it was leaking, and its driver's on the bum,
And his engine and its bearings, they were all out of plumb.

Casey Jones kept his junkpile running;
Casey Jones was working double time;
Casey Jones got a wooden medal,
For being good and faithful on the S. P. line.
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The workers said to Casey, "Won't you help us win this strike?"
But Casey said, "Let me alone, you'd better take a hike."
Then some one put a bunch of railroad ties across the track,
And Casey hit the river with an awful crack.

Casey Jones hit the river bottom;
Casey Jones broke his blooming spine,
Casey Jones was an angelino;
He took a trip to heaven on the S. P. line.
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When Casey Jones got up to heaven, to the Pearly Gate,
He said, "I'm Casey Jones, the guy that pulled the S. P. freight."
"You're just the man," said Peter, "our musicians went on strike;
You can get a job a-scabbing any time you like."

Casey Jones got a job in heaven,
Casey Jones was doing mighty fine.
Casey Jones, went scabbing on the angels,
Just like he did to workers of the S. P. line.

The angels got together and they said it wasn't fair,
For Casey Jones to go around a-scabbing everywhere.
The Angels' Union No. 23, they sure were there,
And they promptly fired Casey down the Golden Stairs.

Casey Jones went to Hell a-flying,
"Casey Jones," the Devil said, "Fine."
Casey Jones, get busy shovelling sulphur,
That's what you get for scabbing on the S. P. Line.


1 - Information on the life and death of Joe Hill from Wikipedia.

2 - S.P. line stands for the Southern Pacific Railroad line.

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