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The Wreck of the Royal Palm On a dark and stormy night The rain was falling fast Two crack trains on the SOuthern road With a screaming whistle blast Were speeding down that line For home and Christmas day On the Royal Palm and the Ponce de Leon Was laughter bright and gay. Then coming around the curve At forty miles an hour The Royal Palm was making time Amid the drenching shower; There came a mighty crash The two great engines met And in the minds of those who live Is a feeling they can't forget. It was an awful sight Amid the pouring rain, The dead and dying lying there Beneath that mighty train. No tongues can ever tell No pen can ever write No one will know but those that saw The horrors of that night. On board the two great trains The folks were bright and gay When like a flash the Master called They had no time to pray. Then in a moment's time The awful work was done And many sould that fatal night Had made their final run. There's many a saddened home Since that sad Christmas Day Whose loved ones never will return To drive the gloom away. They were on the Royal Palm As she sped across the state Without a single warning cry They went to meet their fate. We're on the road of life And like the railroad man, WE ought to do our best to make The station if we can. Then let us all take care And keep our orders straight For if we get our orders mixed WE sure will be too late. Recorded by Vernon Dalhart note: Oddly enough, all the serious casualties and fatalities were aboard the Ponce de Leon; The Ponce de Leon was the one that was speeding. FRom Scalded to Death By the Steam, Lyle RG Apr98
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