Song of the Day

And today’s Song of the Day is…Wabash Cannonball, originally popularised by Roy Acuff in the late 1940s. I’m listening to the Johnny Cash version, however; Cash first recorded it on his 1966 album Happiness Is You. The lyrics are somewhat different from other artists’ versions:

From the great Atlantic Ocean to the wide Pacific shore
She climbs the flowering mountains, o’er the hills, and by the shore
She’s mighty tall and handsome, she’s known quite well by all
She’s a regular combination on the Wabash Cannonball

Listen to the jingle, the rumble, and the roar
As she glides along the woodlands, o’er the hills and by the shore
Hear the mighty rush of the engine, hear those lonesome hoboes call
Travelin’ through the jungle on the Wabash Cannonball

Well she came down from Birmingham one cold December day
As she pulled into the station, you could hear all the people say
“She’s from Tennessee, she’s long, and she’s tall”
She came down from Birmingham 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 ‘im fall
They’ll carry ‘im home to Dixie on the Wabash Cannonball


I’m one of those people who puts a song on repeat and then listens to it for three days straight. It drives my best friend crazy, as well as most other people I know. But hey, I like it ;)

posted by Chris on 06 April 2003 at 2331 in entertainment

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