The Wabash Cannonball

As recorded by Roy Acuff



From the great Atlantic Ocean to the wide Pacific shore

From the queen of flowing mountains to the south belle my the moor

She’s mighty tall and handsome she’s quite well known by all

She’s the combination of the Wabash Cannonball


Listen to the jingle the rumble and the roar

As she glides along the woodlands, through the hills and by the shore

Hear the mighty rush of the engine hear those lonesome hobos call

While travelling through the jungle of the Wabash Cannonball


She came down from Birmingham one cold December day

As she pulled into the station you could hear all the people say

There’s a gal from Tennessee she’s long and she’s tall

She came down from Birmingham on the Wabash Cannonball


The eastern States are dany, the people always say

From New York to St. Louis & Chicago by the way

To the hill of Minnesota where the rippling waters fall

No changes need be taken on the Wabash Cannonball


So 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 curtain round him falls

We’ll carry him to Dixie on the Wabash Cannonball