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Steamboat Bill Down the Mississippi steamed the Whipporwill Commanded by the pilot, Mister Steamboat Bill The owners gave him orders on the strict Q.T. To try to beat the record of the Robert E. Lee. Just speed up your fire, let the old smoke roll Burn up all your cargo if you run out of coal "If we don't beat that record," Billy told the mate "Then the Maiden Care'll beat us to the Golden Gate." CHORUS NO. 1: Oh, Steamboat Bill, steamin' down the Mississippi Steamboat Bill, a mighty man was he Oh, Steamboat Bill, steamin' down the Mississippi Gonna beat the record of the Robert E. Lee. Up then stepped a gambling man from Louisville Who tried to get a bet against the Whippoorwill Billy clasped the roll and surely was some bear The boiler it exploded, blew them up in the air. The gambler said to Billy as they left the wreck "I don't know where we're going but we're neck and neck." Said Billy to the gambler, "Tell you what I'll do; I'll bet another thousand I'll go higher than you!" CHORUS NO. 2: Oh, Steamboat Bill, he tore up the Mississippi Oh, Steamboat Bill, the pilot made him swear Oh, Steamboat Bill, he tore up the Mississippi An explosion of the boiler put him up in the air! The river's all in mourning now for Steamboat Bill No more you'll hear the popping of the Whippoorwill There's crepe on every steamboat that plows the stream From Memphis right to Natchez, down to New Orleans. The wife of Mister William was at home in bed When she got the telegram that Steamboat's dead Said she to the children, "Blessed Honey Lambs The next papa that you have'll be a railroad man!" CHORUS NO. 3: Oh, Steamboat Bill, missing 'long the Mississippi Oh, Steamboat Bill is with an angel band Oh, Steamboat Bill, missing 'long the Mississippi He's a fireman on a ferry in the Promised Land! A 1940s rip-off of Casey Jones XX Oct00
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