Ben Dewberry's Last Run
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


Ben Dewberry was a brave engineer
He told his fireman don't you ever fear
All I want is the water and coal
Put your head out the window, watch the drivers roll
Watch the drivers roll watch the drivers roll
Put your head out the window, watch the drivers
Roll

Ben Dewberry said before he died
Two more roads that he wanted to ride
His fireman asked him what could they be
Said the old Northeastern and the A and B
The A and B he said the A and B
It's the old Northeastern and the A and B

On the fatal morning it began to rain
Around the curve come a passenger train
Ben Dewberry was the engineer

With the throttle wide open and without any fear
He didn't have no fear he didn't have no fear
He had her runnin' wide open without any fear

Ben looked at his watch shook his head
We may make Atlanta but we'll all be dead
The train was flyin' by the troublin' switch
Without any warning then she took the ditch
Yea! she went in the ditch well, she took the ditch
Without any warning then she took the ditch

The big locomotive leaped from the rail
Ben never lived to tell that awful tale
His life was ended and his work was done
When Ben Dewberry made his final run
He made his final run he made his final run
When Ben Dewberry made his final run

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: ANDREW JENKINS, JIMMIE RODGERS

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Jeanne Levrier

richard brazzel
Hobo Bill another train song Jimmie Rodgers the “singing brakeman” recorded, lyrics:
Hobo Bill-why
Riding on that eastbound freight train speeding through the night
Hobo Bill a railroad bum was fighting for his life
The sadness of his eyes revealed the torture of his soul
He raised a weak and weary hand to brush away the cold
Hobo Bill
No warm lights flickered round him no blankets there to hold
Nothing but the howling wind and the driving rain so cold
When he heard a whistle blowing in a dreamy kind of way
The hobo seemed contented for he smiled there where he lay
Hobo Bill
Outside the rain was falling on that lonely boxcar door
But the little form of Hobo Bill lay still upon the floor
While the train sped through the darkness and the raging storm outside
No one knew that Hobo Bill was taking his last ride
It was early in the morning when they raised the hobo's head
The smile still lingered on his face but Hobo Bill was dead
There was no mother's longing to soothe his weary soul
For he was just a railroad bum who died out in the cold
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Songwriters: Jimmie Skinner
Hobo Bill lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Carlin America Inc



Jeanne Levrier

Lyrics to Ben Dewberry’s Final Run recorded by Jimmie Rodgers the singing brakeman:

Ben Dewberry was a brave engineer
He told his fireman don't you ever fear
All I want is the water and coal
Put your head out the window, watch the drivers roll
Watch the drivers roll watch the drivers roll
Put your head out the window, watch the drivers
Roll
Ben Dewberry said before he died
Two more roads that he wanted to ride
His fireman asked him what could they be
Said the old Northeastern and the A and B
The A and B he said the A and B
It's the old Northeastern and the A and B
On the fatal morning it began to rain
Around the curve come a passenger train
Ben Dewberry was the engineer
With the throttle wide open and without any fear
He didn't have no fear he didn't have no fear
He had her runnin' wide open without any fear
Ben looked at his watch shook his head
We may make Atlanta but we'll all be dead
The train was flyin' by the troublin' switch
Without any warning then she took the ditch
Yea! she went in the ditch well, she took the ditch
Without any warning then she took the ditch
The big locomotive leaped from the rail
Ben never lived to tell that awful tale
His life was ended and his work was done
When Ben Dewberry made his final run
He made his final run he made his final run
When Ben Dewberry made his final run
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Songwriters: Andrew Jenkins / Jimmie Rodgers
Ben Dewberry's Final Run lyrics © Peermusic Publishing



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Charles Sansom

This is one of the very first songs I can ever remember hearing.  What a blast from the old days!  Such a loss at a young age. 

davy crockett

It's as good as good gets. Real music from long ago.

0273Philip

Jimmy was the one and only. And that great old car! Thanks for posting this .

Lembit Punapart

Jimmie Rodgers made a real blues.

jules wins

Hard to believe it’s been nearly a hundred years since Jimmie recorded this song. His guitar playing skills are on good display!

Donna Fritz

I was trying to find the version of Frankie & Johnnie that my great aunt used to sing, she was born in 1901, soo glad you have it on your channel.

G Pa

One of the best, realistic songs ever written and recorded.

W. Rusty Lane

Another favorite by Jimmie Rodgers. I love his railroad songs. He always referred to himself as the "singing brakeman". RIP my brother.

Clint Walls

Jimmy could tell a story while singing a song.Love all the train songs.

Jon Harris

Among the first 'punk' rockers.. Mr. Jimmie Rodgers!

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