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In the Baggage Coach Ahead

On a dark and stormy 6m night, as the 1 train rattled 6m on
All the 1 passengers had gone to 4 bed
Except one young man with a 1 babe in his 6m arms
Who 2 sat there with a bowed-down 5 head
The 1 innocent 6m one began 1 crying just 6m then
As though its poor heart would 4 break
One angry man said, Make that 1 child stop its 6m noise
For it's 2 keeping all 5 of us a 1 wake

Put it out, said another, Don't keep it in here
We've paid for our berths and want rest
But never a word said the man with the child
As he fondled it close to his breast
Where is its mother, go take it to her
This a lady then softly said
I wish that I could, was the man's sad reply
But she's dead in the coach ahead

While the 5 train rolled 1 onward
A 4 husband sat in tears
5 Thinking of the happiness
Of just a few short 1 years
For baby's 5 face brings 1 pictures
Of a 4 cherished hope that's dead
But baby's cries can't 1 waken her
In the 2 baggage 5 coach a 1 head

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.