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Thread #123564   Message #2723823
Posted By: GUEST
14-Sep-09 - 09:40 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Hell Bound Train (Frank Hutchison)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hellbound Train - Frank Hutchison
I'm happy to share what I've managed to interpret thus far, with the caveat that it may will not be 100% accurate. I'll leave out the line of the chorus that seems to remain in question, for now.

Interestingly enough, as I pasted this transcription in, I did a search on Google books, and came across the following link, which may have the answer we're seeking:

http://books.google.com/books?ei=Uu-uSqqXC5eQMuqdwJgN&q=jesus+saves+glory+hallelujah&btnG=Search+Books

Note the summary text under the second search result. Looks like it might be a winner. Note: clicking on the search result will just get you an irrelevant snippet.

Hellbound Train

Come all you good people, if you wanna hear,
a story about a bad engineer,
who run his train on down the road
ev'ry car had a heavy load.

[Chorus]
Jesus saves, glory Hallelujah!
Jesus saves, [unintelligible]!
Jesus saves, glory Hallelujah!
(Mean to) work for Jesus, 'til my last work's done.

Boiler was loaded with the whiskey and beer,
the devil himself was the engineer.
Everybody seemed to be happy and gay,
as the hellbound train sped on her way.

[Chorus]

Black and yell'r, and red and white,
all mixed together it was a glorious site.
Everybody seemed to be happy and gay,
as the hellbound train sped on her way.