Tune Req: Wreck of The Happy Valley by Cliff Carli
Subject: Tune Req: Wreck of The Happy Valley by Cliff Carli|
Date: 27 Nov 18 - 11:33 AM
Does anyone know where I could get a hold of a copy of the tune ( Wreck of The Happy Valley) by Cliff Carlisle? It was released in 1938 on Decca 5558, and it's flip side was (Weary Traveler). I have been looking for a while, but cannot find it.
Subject: Lyr Add: WRECK OF THE HAPPY VALLEY (Lee Moore)|
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Nov 18 - 02:31 PM
If this discography is correct, the title of the 1938 recording is actually THE WRECK OF HAPPY VALLEY (note: not “...the Happy...”) and the recording artists were “Cliff Carlisle and His Buckle Busters.”
I have been unable to find that recording online, but Spotify does have another recording from which I transcribed the following words. I hope this is of some value to you. (Sorry, I am unable to post the tune or chords.)
WRECK OF THE HAPPY VALLEY
As recorded by Lee Moore on the various-artists compilation “Country Roots Power Picks, Vol. 2” (2017)
Come and listen, you good people, to an awful tragedy,
To the wreck of Happy Valley, of old Engine Number Three.
At the throttle of the engine was a brave young engineer.
With his hand upon the throttle, in his heart there was no fear.
The engineer was at the throttle; the fireman, he was never found,
While the women and the children lay a-screaming on the ground.
The engineer, his dying message: “Bury me by mother’s side.
Go and tell my darling sweetheart: by my engine here I died.”