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THE DYING MINE BRAKEMAN (aka THE TRUE AND TREMBLING BRAKEMAN) Orville J. Jenks Listen now while I tell you Of a story you do not know; Of a true and trembling brakeman, And to heaven he did go. Do you see that train-a-coming, Oh, it's (?through) old Ninety-nine; Oh, she's puffing and a-blowing, For you know she is behind. See that true and trembling brakeman, As he signals to the cab; There is but one chance for him, And that is to grab. See that true and trembling brakeman, As the cars go rushing by; If he miss that yellow freight car, He is almost sure to die. See that true and trembling brakeman, As he falls beneath the train. He had not one moment's warning, Before he fell beneath the train. See the brave young engineerman, At the age of twenty-one; Stepping down from upon his engine, Crying, "Now what have I done!" "Is it true I killed a brakeman, Is it true that he is dying? Lord, you know I tried to save him, But I could not stop in time." See the car wheels rolling o'er him, O'er his mangled body 'n' head; See his sister bending o'er him, Crying, "Brother, are you dead?" Sighing, "Sister, yes, I'm dying, Going to a better shore; Oh, my body's on a pathway, I can never see no more. "Sister, when you see my brother, These few words to him I send; Tell him never to venture braking, If he does, his life will end." These few words were sadly spoken, Folding his arms across his breast; And his heart now ceased beating, And his eyes were closed in death. ***** ANOTHER VERSION: See that true and trembling brakeman As he falls between those cars, Not one moment's warning had he From those breake cars he was hurt. See those car wheels passing o'er him O'er his mangled body and head, See his sister bending o'er him Crying, "Brother, are you dead?" "Dying, sister, yes I'm dying Going to join that better shore Oh my father and my mother I shall never see no more." See that brave young engineerman At the age of twenty one, Stepping from his engine, crying, "Now what have I done! Have I killed that faithful brakeman? Can it be that he is dyin'? Oh, I did my best to save him But I could not stop in time." "Dying, buddy, yes I'm dying Going to join that better shore Oh my buddies on the C.C. I shall never see no more. Sister, when you see my brother These few words I'll send to him, Never, never venture braking If he does his life will end." THese few words that he has spoken Clasp his hands across his breast For the spirit all had left him And his soul had gone to rest. *****

    


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