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Wabash Cannonball

From the great Atlantic ocean
to the (4) wide Pacific 4 shore
From the 5 queen of flowing mountains
to the South Belle by the 1 shore
She's mighty tall and handsome
and (4) known quite well by 4 all
5 She's the combination
on the Wabash Cannon- 1 ball

Listen to the jingle
the rumble and the roar
As she glides along the woodland
through the hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of the engine
hear the lonesome hoboes squall
You're traveling through the jungle
on the Wabash Cannonball

She come down from Birmingham
one cold December day
As she rolled into the station
you could hear the people say
There's a girl from Birmingham
she's long and she is tall
She come down from Birmingham
on the Wabash Cannonball

Now the eastern states are dandies
so the people always say
From New York to St. Louis
and Chicago by the way
From the hills of Minnesota
where the rippling waters fall
No chances can be taken
on the Wabash Cannonball

Here's to Daddy Claxton
may his name forever stand
And always be remembered
in the courts throughout the land
His earthly race is over
and the curtains round him fall
We'll carry him home to victory
on the Wabash Cannonball

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Big Print Songs
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Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
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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.