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rich r Lyr Add: Kassie Jones / Casey Jones (Furry Lewis) (21) RE: Lyrics to 'Kassie Jones' 22 Apr 99

There was a woman name Miss Alice Fry
Said, "I'm gonna ride with Mister Kassie or die"
I ain't good looking but I take my time,
A rambling woman with a rambling mind;
Got a rambling mind.

minor correction: Kassie looked at his WATER, his water was low

Norm Cohen in "Long Steel Rail" relates that Furry Lewis made a number of recordings of the song, with some of the later versions containing additional verses from those cited above. Many of the verses of "Casey Jones" variants have nothing to do with John Luther Jones' infamous train wreck or even railroads in general. ONe other little bit of trivia. The couplet appearing in many versions of how folks could tell by the whistle (throttle moan etc) who the engineer was has an historical basis. Many railroads at the time allowed their better engineers to install their own custom steam whistle, the sound of which became their personal calling card.

rich r

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