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Only A Brakeman

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lyrics

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 good old ninety-nine
Oh she's puffing and a-blowing
For you know she is behind

See the true and trembling brakeman
As he signals to the cab
There is but one chance for him
And that chance is to grab

See the true and trembling brakeman
As he falls beneath the train
He had not a moment's warning
Before he fell beneath the train

See the brave young engineer man
At the age of twenty-one
Stepping down from upon his engine
Crying, Lord, what have I done?

Is it true I've 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 wheels go rolling o'er him
O'er his mangled body and 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 ye no more

credits

from Words Of Wisdom, released November 13, 2007
Recorded by Carl Plaster at Fort Apache Studio
Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 1992
Mastered by Dave McNair

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Brian Dewan Catskill, New York

Brian Dewan presents The Humanitarium—a series of folk compilations featuring songs he’s unearthed in old schoolbooks, at garage sales, in attics and basements, arranged for his instruments of choice: autoharp, electric zither, organ and accordion. Fans of Brian's original albums, his art, and his work with They Might Be Giants and the Blue Man Group will treasure the Humanitarium series. ... more

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