Casey Jones - Union Scab
|Casey Jones - Union Scab (1911)
|Written in 1911, to the tune of the song Casey Jones.|
The workers on the S. P. Line to strike out a call;
But Casey Jones, the engineer, he wouldn't strike at all;
His boiler it was leaking, and the driver's on the bum,
And the engine and the bearings, they were all out of plumb.
Casey Jones, kept his junk-pile running;
Casey Jones, was working double time;
Casey Jones, got a wooden medal,
for being good and faithful on the S. P. Line.
The workers said to Casey: "Won't you help us win this strike?"
But Casey said: "Let me alone, you'd better take a hike."
Well, Casey's wheezy engine ran right out off the wheezy track, 
And Casey hit the river with an awful smack.
Casey Jones, hit the river bottom;
Casey Jones, broke his blooming spine;
Casey Jones, turned into an angel, 
he got a trip to heaven on the S. P. Line.
When Casey got to heaven way up to that Pearly Gate,
He said: "I'm Casey Jones, the guy that pulled the S. P. freight."
"You're just the man," said Peter, "our musicians are on strike;
"You can get a job a-scabbing any time you like."
Casey Jones, got a job in heaven;
Casey Jones, was doing mighty fine;
Casey Jones, went scabbing on the angels,
Just like he did to workers on the S. P. Line.
Well, the angels got together, they said it wasn't fair,
For Casey Jones to go around a-scabbing everywhere.
The Angels' Union No. 23, they sure were there,
They promptly fired Casey down the Golden Stair.
Casey Jones went to Hell a-flying;
"Casey Jones," the Devil said, "Oh fine;
Casey Jones, get busy shoveling sulphur;
That's what you get for scabbing on the S. P. line."
- Alternate version: "Then some one put a bunch of railroad ties across the track,"
- Alternate version: "Casey Jones was an Angeleno,"
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