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The Engineer's Song (The Sharecroppers) video
#58: YouTube video by loveandlaughterlynda ©2010
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The times have changed, the trains have all gone,
Can't help but thinking just how it went wrong;
The rails and the ties, the engineer cries,
The look in his eyes tells you all,
He'll always be hummin' his engineer song.
The years of delight steaming all across this land,
Always contented and steady of hand;
The wind and the rain, the joy and the pain,
Again and again he pressed on,
He always was hummin' his engineer song.

The days on the rails may be over,
But that doesn't mean it's all gone;
The memories can live on forever,
As long as we're singing our song.
As long as we're singing our song.

The men dressed in stripes have played such a part,
With childhood memories held dear to the heart;
His arm in the air, his wave filled with cheer,
He'll always be there in our thoughts,
And he'll always be hummin' his engineer song.
The times have changed but don't let them fade,
The maidens of steel all as precious as jade;
What sets them apart, a tear in their heart,
Longing to take you along,
And head down the rails with their engineer song.

The days on the rails may be over,
But that doesn't mean it's all gone;
The memories can live on forever,
As long as we're singing our song.
As long as we're singing our song.

All aboard, all aboard,
We're off to the Gaff Topsail Plain;
Come hell or high water, come blizzard or rain,
We'll take you to heaven and back home again.
All aboard, all aboard,
And gaze through the side window pane;
With scenery so lovely and a rush in your veins,
We're off to the Gaff Topsail Plain.

All aboard, all aboard,
We're off to the Gaff Topsail Plain;
Come hell or high water, come blizzard or rain,
We'll take you to heaven and back home again.
All aboard, all aboard,
And gaze through the side window pane;
With scenery so lovely and a rush in your veins,
We're off to the Gaff Topsail Plain.
With scenery so lovely and a rush in your veins,
We're off to the Gaff Topsail Plain.
We're off to the Gaff Topsail Plain.
We're off to the Gaff Topsail Plain.

####.... The Sharecroppers. Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved ....####
Recorded by The Sharecroppers of Pasadena, NL (Natural, trk#3, 1993, Ibycus Music, St John's NL, independent distribution).

Sung by Ed Humber of The Sharecroppers with harmonies by Guy Romaine and Mike Madigan, this song reflects the wonderful days of the Newfoundland Railway, as told from the Engineers' point of view. Some interesting film footage was provided to the Sharecroppers by Mr Geoff Sterling of Newfoundland Television (NTV). There is even one scene where an old steam locomotive runs through the Humber Valley. Have a look! Enjoy the words... They are especially effective with this excellent original tune.


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