Memory Monday – Songs Grandma Sang

Since my maternal grandma, Margaret (Ida Jaeger) O’Connell, passed away when I was only 8, my memories are limited. One memory is of her singing a song. I never knew what song it was and I have asked different family members what song it was by singing the little bit that I remembered. An aunt told me that she did not remember the song but she would assume it was something from 1920-1930′s.

Well, two nights ago I decided to search the internet for it. I found a great website (Lyrster) that allows you to enter in whatever words you know and then it searches for the song. The song I was looking for was not from the 20′s or even the 30′s, it was from 1958. The song is Lightning Express by the Everly Brothers album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.

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”

One response

  1. I nominated you for the Ancestor Approved Award – please take a look at my post (sorry I am late but forgot to “pass it on via email or comment.” As the post mentions if you have already received this award just note it on your blog! I am not sure if nominated is the right word (everyone else uses it) but I am actually passing the award on – “you have already won!”

    You have an excellent blog and interesting topics. Thanks for sharing your family history.

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