Wreck Of The Old 97
Tabbed by: MrModigh
This is from the Sun-recording done in the 50's.
The intro and solo are as played by Luther Perkins.
I haven't found the correct solo tab so I've made it myself,and I think it's the most accurate.
The solo that Bob Wootton plays at San Quentin,is the same except for the part with the slide.
| think Wootton plays it like this instead|| G|| 4 44 |
| D|| 6 6 6 |
/= slide into
PM= Palm Mute
|D|| 0 2 2 2 0 PM |
|A|| 4 4 4 4 2 0 (4 2 0) |
Well, they gave him his orders at Monroe, Virginia.
Said, "Steve, you're way behind time.
This is not Thirty-Eight, this is old Ninety-Seven.
A E A
Put her into Spencer on time".
Well he turned around and said to his big, greasy fireman,
Hey "shovel on a little more coal.
And when we cross that White Oak Mountain,
Watch old Ninety-Seven roll."
|G|| 2 2 4 2 |
|D|| 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 4 2 2 2 4 4/6 |
|A|| 0 4 4 0 2 4 |
|G|| 2 2 2 2 |
|D|| 2 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 4 2 2 2 0 PM |
|A|| 2 4 4 4 2 0 (4 2 0) |
It's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville.
In a line on a three mile grade.
It was on that grade that he lost his airbrakes,
You'd see what a jump he made.
He was going down the grade makin' ninety miles an hour.
His whistle broke into a scream.
He was found in the wreck, with his hand on the throttle,
scalded to death by the steam.
Now all you ladies you better take a warnin',
From this time on and learn
Never speak harsh words to your true lovin' husband
he may leave you and never return.
|This verse wasn't in the original Sun-recording,|
|but Johnny sings it in the San Quentin version. |
|So here it is (3rd verse). |
And then a telegram came from Washington station,
this is how it read:
"Oh that brave engineer that run old Ninety-Seven,
is lyin' in old Danville dead".