The song “The Wreck of the Old 97” joins a long history of folk songs about disasters. Its lyrics lament the Old 97 as “the fastest train / Ever ran the Southern line,” and linger over the grisly details of Broadey being “scalded to death by the steam,” turning the story into a cautionary tale for wives, who shouldn’t scold their husbands lest the argument be the last words the.
"The Wreck of The Old 97" was recorded by many including Johnny Cah, Flatt and Scruggs and many more. It is a popular staple amount Old Timey and Bluegrass fans even though it predates Bluegrass A few blocks away is a public mural of the wreck scene.
Wreck. The Wreck of Old 97 occurred when the engineer, year-old Joseph A. ("Steve") Broady, at the controls of Southern Railway , or the Fast Mail, was operating the train at high speed in order to stay on schedule and arrive at Spencer on Fast Mail had a reputation for never being tive , a ten-wheeler engine built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in.
Wreck of the Old 97 Lyrics by Johnny Cash from the The Complete Columbia Album Collection album - including song video, artist biography, translations and more: Well they gave him his orders at Monroe Virginia sayin' Steve you're way behind time This is not 38 this is old 97 you.
For the definitive study of this famed wreck and ballad, be sure to check out Howard Gregory's booklet "The History of the Wreck of the Old " Dozens of rare photographs and impeccable research make this publication a must-have for railroad buffs and historians alike.
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