That's that fast Special Streamline
Leavin' outta Memphis, Tennessee
Goin' into New Orleans
She runnin' so fast, the hobos don't fool with this train
They stand on the teack with their hat in their hands
I had a friend girl that mornin' was catchin' that train
She got up singin' this song
Hey Dad, I'm sorry to leave my home
Mm-mm-mm, Lord, Lord, Lord, Lordy
She heard that 8:30 local blowin' that mornin'
She hadn't rid the train in a good while
She thought it'd have that Special Streamline
She heard at 8:30 local when she is comin'
To the line, declared up for that Streamline
Blowin' like this
She said, Daddy, is that my train?
I say, I ain't keepin' up with the train time
I'm tryin-a make a few dimes
She dropped her head went to singin' an' cryin'
It's alright how you turn me down
Mm-mm-mm, I ain't got a dime
After she called for a ticket
She heard this Special Streamline
Going 36 miles from Memphis, Tennessee
Make ya lonesome now
Cause I hobo myself, sometimes
Man asks her, Where the other train?
She told him she didn't know
If she heard a bell she could tell him all about it
As she dropped over that hill
And stopped off in the valley
She heard the bell begin to toll like this
Make a sound like a church bell toll
Before she got to that ten mile tunnel
She blowed and throw'd on the airbrakes
When she got to that ten mile tunnel
She was gettin' close
She was tippin cars on automatic switch
Gettin' her water and coal on the fly
You could hear her when she was strikin'
That double iron like this
When she run 'cross the last one
She squalled in
This girl looked out an' seen that train
She commenced to singin' an cryin'
'Hey, dad I don't wanna leave'
Mm-mm, I believe I'll lose my mind
When that train got a little closer
Down to New Orleans, she went around
That curve, you would hear her
When she's blowin' like this
The people's always standin' at the station
Lying there to see that train come in
You would hear her when she squalls