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    "Silver Ghost" Lyrics

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    (Sterling Whipple)

    On a cold and rainy night I was sittin' by the light
    Of my switchman shack a mine post on the mountain
    The storm was pretty bad, the telephone was dead
    But it was just eleven hours till the dawn.

    Then much to my surprise the telegraph jumped into life
    As I read the code I thought could this be true
    A train was on its way headed up to mountain grade
    But she didn't have no engineer or crew.

    At the other switch they tried to put her on the mountain side
    But she kept on coming up the mountain grade
    Then I quickly dowse the light to try to see into the night
    Maybe I could spot her headlight in the rain.

    She was poundin' down below I could hear her whistle blow
    And I thought Lord that's a high and mournful sound
    Then the telegraph again there's a cave-in at the mine
    And a hundred men are burried neath the ground.

    Lord, she's coming now I see her round the bend and straight at me
    And her boiler's glowin' red as coal in hell
    Her headlinght switchin' wide searchin' all the mountain side
    But the only sound she's making it's a wail.

    Then I recognized the train by the number and the name
    It's from miners Silver Ghost ol' 41
    Then she vanished up the track by the lonely switchman shack
    Like a mother who was looking for her son.

    Now I once heard a story how an engine went to glory
    Over fifty years ago on this same line
    It was steaming for a cave-in there were men needed savin'
    But it missed the curve in trestle near the mine.

    Every now and then you'll hear a whistle on the wind
    If a mountain slides and many men are lost
    It's a high and lonely wail and searching up and down the mountain
    It's a train they call the Miners Silver Ghost.

    It's a train they call the Miners Silver Ghost.
    It's a train they call the Miners Silver Ghost...
    • submitted by GeeWhiz on February 27th, 2009
    • corrected on August 11th, 2012

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