Ghost Train

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They say there was an attorney who

Called himself a railroad man

After he sweet talked investors

He grabbed the money and ran.

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A US Marshal got on his trail

Chased him hither and there

Caught him at a Kansas depot

Buying a one-way fare.

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That old lawyer is gone now

The money’s gone as well

As are tales of what happened

‘Cuz dead men don’t tell.

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Ghost Train, Ghost Train

She’s coming my way

Making sounds that never was

Some old timers say.

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I saw the fireflies winking

One quiet summer’s night

When I heard that train a-coming

I even seen the light.

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On that grade stood a cow

Framed in the headlamps glow

I seen the train hit her

With a deadly blow.

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Next morning we walked that grade

Me and Jim, my cuz

We couldn’t find no rails

For the train that never was.

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Ghost Train, Ghost Train

She’s coming my way

Making sounds that never was

So the old timers say.

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And when we seen that cow

The one hit in the dark

Dead as a horseshoe

But seen nary a mark.

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I only  tell what I saw

That Ghost Train on that grade

Some folks don’t believe me

They say it’s a tale I made.

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Just ‘cuz I ain’t seen her late

Don’t mean she ain’t there

‘Cuz when I hear her chugging

I know she’s there somewhere.

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Ghost Train, Ghost Train

She’s coming my way

Making sounds that never was

Some old timers say.

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