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The lightning express from the depot so grand
Had started out on it's way
All of the passengers that were on board
Seemed to be happy and gay
But one little boy who sat by himself
Was reading a letter he had
You could plainly tell by the look on his face
That the contents of it made him sad

The stern old conductor then started his round
Taking tickets from everyone there
And finally reaching the side of the boy
He gruffly demanded his fare
"I have no ticket" the boy then replied
"But I'll pay you back someday"
"Then I'll put you off at the next stop we make"
But he stopped when he heard the boy say

"Please Mr. Conductor
Don't put me off of this train
The best friend I have in this world sir
Is waiting for me in pain
Expecting to die any moment sir
And may not live through the day
I wanna reach home and kiss mother goodbye
Before God takes her away"

A girl sitting near was heard to exclaim
"If you put him off, it's a shame"
Taking his hand, a collection she made
The boy's way was paid on the train
"I'm obliged to you miss for your kindness to me"
"You're welcome," she said, never fear
Each time the conductor would pass through the car
The boy's words would ring in his ear

"Please Mr. Conductor
Don't put me off of this train
The best friend I have in this world sir
Is waiting for me in pain
Expecting to die any moment sir
And may not live through the day
I wanna reach home and kiss mother goodbye
Before God takes her away"



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    Don YandelMay 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    My mother sang a lot at home, she would sing this song to me and it became my favorite one. sometimes she would just start singing it. I always asked her to sing it if she asked what I would like to hear. The last time I remember her singing it to me I was five years old. Mother sat me on her lap and sang it to me. I am sure she sang it other times but this is the last time I vividly remember her singing it to me. I guess the song was special to me is because we would ride the Southern or Seaboard R.R. passenger trains from Charlotte, N.C. to Lattimore, N.C. to mothers brother's home which was across the road from his home. The two lines crossed just below his house. That was seventy years ago. I have wanted the words to it all my life. Thank you with all my heart, and I know mother does too.

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