Interpretada por Carolyn Hester (Coral CRL57143, 1958)
En julio de 1957 Buddy Holly y Jerry Allison participaron como músicos de sesión en la grabación que la cantante Carolyn Hester realizó de esta antigua narración musicada de un famoso desastre ferroviario ocurrido en 1903. Todo un clásico del Folk y el Country, versionado por multitud de artistas, su autoría resulta difusa y su letra ha sufrido con el tiempo algunas modificaciones de acuerdo a la voluntad de sus distintos intérpretes.
Well, they gave him his orders at Monroe, Virginia
Sayin': "Steve, you're way behind time
This is not 38, but it's Old 97
You must put her in Spencer on time"
He looked around and said to his black, greasy fireman
"shovel on a little more coal
And when we reach that White Oak Mountain
You can watch Old 97 roll"
It's a mighty rough road from Lynchburg to Danville
In a line on a three-mile grade
It was on this grade that he lost his airbrakes
You see what a jump he made
He was goin' down the grade making 90 miles an hour
When 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 ladies you must take the warning
From this time on and learn
Never speak harsh words to your true lovin' husband
He may leave you and never return