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Wabash Cannonball

G C

Out from the wide Pacific to the broad Atlantic shore

D G

She climbs the flowery mountains, over hills and by the shore

C

Although she's tall and handsome and she's known quite well by all

D G

She's a regular combination, the Wabash Cannonball.

Chorus:

G C

Oh, listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar

D G

As she glides along the woodland, over hills and by the shore

C

She climbs the flowery mountains, hear the merry hobo squall

D G

As she glides along the woodland, the Wabash Cannonball.

Oh the Eastern states are dandy, so the Western people say

Chicago, Rock Island, St. Louis by the way

To the lakes of Minnesota where the rippling waters fall

No chances to be taken on the Wabash Cannonball.

Chorus

I have rode the I.C. Limited, also the Royal Blue

Across the Eastern counties on Elkhorn Number Two

I have rode these highball trains from coast to coast that's all

But I have found no equal to the Wabash Cannonball.

Chorus

Oh, here's old daddy Cleaton, let his name forever be

And long be remembered in the courts of Tennessee

For he is a good old rounder 'til the curtain round him fall

He'll be carried back to victory on the Wabash Cannonball.

Chorus

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In article , jim@truleigh.demon.co.uk (James Fryer) writes...

[one version of "The Wabash Cannonball"]

Folk music is a wonderful thing. Here's another shot at the lyrics -

Wabash Cannonball

G C

From the great Atlantic ocean to the wide Pacific shores,

D G

From the Queen of flowin mountains, to the south belle by the shore,

G C

She's mighty tall and hanndsome and she's known quite well by all,

D G

She's the modern combination on the Wabash Cannonball

{Quite a bit of wordplay equating the train with a woman, which is

continued in the next verse}

She came down from Birmingham one cold December day

And as she stood in the roundhouse you could hear all the people say

"There's a gal from Tennesee and, man, she's long and she's tall.

She came down from Birmingham on the Wabash Cannonball"

{The next verse is very similar to the last in the previous post}

Well here's to Daddy Claxton, may his name forever be !

And long be remembered in the courts of Tennesee.

His earthly trials are over as the final curtain falls.

We'll carry him home to vict'ry on the Wabash Cannonball.

{Up to now the song has had a decidedly southern bent, despite the

fact that the train ran N_S and was named for a river in Indiana. The

next verse, probably a much later redaction, tries to gives some equal

time to our northern friends...}

Her eastern states are dandy, some people always say.

From New York to St. Louis and Chicago on the way,

From the hills (!) of Minnesota, where the sparkling waters fall -

No changes can be taken on the Wabash Cannonball.

{Check out the alliteration and internal rhyme on the next verse.}

So listen to the jingle, the rumble and the roar

As she glides along the foothills and the pathways to the shore.

Hear the mighty rush of the engines, hear the lonesome hobos call

As they rumble through the jungle on the Wabash Cannonball.

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Lee Sawyer

Dept of Physics

Univ. of Texas

at Arlington

Rather than using G-C-D, I have always played Wabash Cannonball

using G-Am-D7. Try that and see if it dooesn't sound better.

Jeff Alsip

jeffrey@vpnet.chi.il.us

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