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Vernon Dalhart - The Runaway Train chords

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The Runaway Train - Vernon Dalhart
Composers: Massey, Robison (other versions credit it differently)

Recorded in 1925 this was a million seller. Carson Robison recorded his own version and Michael
Holliday had a hit with it in the UK in 1956. The song was played regularly in the UK  in the 1950's
on a childrens request show, Childrens Choice.
The tab is of the version on the Edison Label.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54WeiVENJj8)
Dalhart recorded other versions for other labels which have slightly different words and chords.

Original Key: Pitched in Gb but the guitars sound as though they are playing in F with capo.

Chord in () is optional to help the singer.
Capo I

Intro(tune of verse):

F          
F       C

F    C7   F   C7

F  C7  F

Dm  A7  Dm  A7


Dm                    A7 Dm              A7
T'was in the year of '89 on that old Chicago line,
Dm              A7               Dm     A7
When the winter wind was blowin' shrill,
Dm                        A7                    Dm                  A7
The rails were froze, the wheels were cold, and then the air brakes wouldn't hold,
    A7                            A       A7
And Number 9 came roaring down the hill -- oh! 

#1:
(C7)  F
 The  runaway train come down the track and she blew,
F                                             C7
The runaway train came down the track and she blew,
    F                  C7                  F                    C7 
The runaway train come down the track, her whistle wide and her throttle back,
        F           C7          F
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.

#2:
F
The engineer said the train must halt and she blew,
F                                             C7
The engineer said the train must halt and she blew,
    F                  C7                   F                   C7 
The engineer said the train must halt -- he said it was all the fireman's fault,
        F         C7          F
And she blew -ew, blew, blew, blew.


Instrumental (tune of verse):
F          
F       C7

F    C7   F   C7

F  C7  F

#3:
F
Oh the fireman said he rang the bell and she blew,
F                                         C7
The fireman said he rang the bell and she blew,
    F               C7                   F                  C7 
The fireman said he rang the bell -- the engineer said "You did like ****!"
        F           C7          F
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew.

#4:
F
The conductor said there'd be a wreck and she blew,
F                                             C7
The conductor said there'd be a wreck and she blew,
    F                      C7                F                   C7 
The conductor said there'd be a wreck and he felt the chills run up his neck,
        F           C7          F
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew. 

Instrumental(tune of verse):
F          
F       C7

F    C7   F   C7

F  C7  F
#5:
F
Oh the fireman tried to shovel the coal and she blew
F                                            C7
The fireman tried to shovel the coal and she blew
    F                C7                  F                      C7 
The fireman tried to shovel the coal but he opened the door and fell in the hole
        F           C7          F
And she blew, blew, blew, blew, blew. 

#6:
F
The porter got an awful fright and she blew,
F                                      C7
The porter got an awful fright and she blew,
    F             C7                 F                  C7 
The porter got an awful fright -- he got so scared that he turned white,
        F         C7          F
And she blew -ew, blew, blew, blew.


Instrumental(tune of verse):

F          
F       C7

F    C7   F   C7

F  C7  F

#7:
F
Oh, a mule was standing in the way and she blew,
F                                      C7
A mule was standing in the way and she blew,
  F                 C7             F                  C7
A mule was standing in the way and all they found was just his bray,
        F         C7          F
And she blew -ew, blew, blew, blew.

#8:
F
A drummer sat in the parlor car and she blew
F                                       C7
A drummer sat in the parlor car and she blew
  F                  C7                F                  C7 
A drummer sat in the parlor car and he nearly swallowed a fat cigar
        F           C7          F
And she blew blew, blew, blew, blew.


#9:
F
The runaway train went over the hill and she blew,
F                                            C7
The runaway train went over the hill and she blew,
    F                  C7                    F                     C7 
The runaway train went over the hill and the last we heard she was going still,
        F           C7          F
And she blew -ew, blew, blew, blew

Instrumental outro(tune of verse):
F          
F       C7

F    C7   F   C7

F  C7  F

            
            
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