Wabash Cannonball (1882)
Credited to J. A. Roff
Lyrics listed in Public Domain
Roy Acuff (1936)
From the great Atlantic Ocean to the wide Pacific shore,
From the green of growing mountains to the South Belt by the shore,
She's mighty tall and handsome and known quite well by all,
She's a combination on the Wabash Cannonball.
She came down from Birminham one cold December day
As she rolled into the station you could hear all the people say
Theirs a girl from Tennessee she's long and she's tall
She came down from Birmingham
On the Wabash Cannonball.
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 waters fall,
No changes can be taken on that Wabash Cannonball.
Here's to Daddy Claxton, may his name forever stand,
And always be remembered 'round the courts of Alabam.
His earthly race is over, and the curtains 'round him fall;
We'll carry him home to victory on the Wabash Cannonball.
Listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodland through the hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of the engine, hear the lonesome hobos call
You're traveling through the jungles on the Wabash Cannonball
"The Wabash Cannonball" is an American folk song about a fictional train, thought to have originated sometime in the late nineteenth century. Its first documented appearance was on sheet music published in 1882, titled "The Great Rock Island Route" and credited to J. A. Roff.
In the 1880's the Wabash Cannonball was a mythological train made up by some bum somewhere, the train any old hobo would ride on the way to his reward, wherever that might be. There never was a train called the Wabash Cannonball that went from the great Atlantic Ocean to the wide Pacific shore. And there never was a train where a bum could get breakfast on the club car. As the song got more popular, the Wabash system in the Midwest thought it was the smart thing to do to name its express run the Wabash Cannonball. It ran between Detroit and St. Louis
İRoy Acuff (1936)
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