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Thread #19483   Message #3655380
Posted By: Jim Dixon
30-Aug-14 - 08:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Child of the Railroad Engineer
Subject: Lyr Add: THE ENGINEER'S CHILD (from Hank Snow)
THE ENGINEER'S CHILD
As recorded by Hank Snow on RCA Victor 20-4096, 1951.

1. A little child on a sickbed lay, and death was very near.
She was the pride and only child of a railroad engineer.
His duty had called him from those he loved, and seeing that hope was dim,
While a tear he shed, to his wife he said: "Just have two lanterns trim.

CHORUS: "Just hang a light as I pass tonight; hang it where it can be seen.
If our baby's dead, just show the red; if she's better, then show the green."

2. In a little house by the railroad track, a mother with watchful eye
Saw a gleam of hope and a feeble smile as the train went rushing by.
Just one short look was his only chance to see the light agleam.
In the midnight air there arose a pray'r: "Thank God, the light was green." CHORUS