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The Silverton

[Author’s note: This post is a continuation of the Welcome to the Future series of essays. If you haven’t read Welcome to the Future, I suggest that you start >> HERE <<]

The Silverton

It all comes down to this. This is my third and final installment on the music of C. W. McCall. The first was Convoy.

The Silverton has been called C. W. McCall’s best song. It sings tribute to the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The kids loved to listen to this song when they were growing up. This is the Silverton Train that we sent my wife’s parents over Wolf Creek Pass to get too. Sadly, my wife and I never got to see it (or ride on it) in person.

Thankfully this is the same version we have (and you can have from iTunes or Amazon).

And now without further ado … The Silverton

 
 
Subtly different version + different footage

 
The Silverton Lyrics from
http://www.cw-mccall.com/works/black_bear_road/silverton.html


She was born one mornin’ on a San Juan summer
Back in eighteen and eighty and one
She was a beautiful daughter of the D and R G
And she weighed about a thousand ton

Well, it’s a-forty-five mile through the Animas canyon
So they set her on the narra gauge
She drank a whole lot a’ water
And she ate a lot of coal
And they called her the Silverton (Silverton train)

[Chorus]
Here comes the Silverton, up from Durango
Here comes the Silverton, a-shovelin’ coal
Here comes the Silverton, up from the canyon
See the smoke and hear the whistle blow

Well, now listen to the whistle in the Rock Wood cut
On the high line to Silverton town
And you’re gonna get a shiver
When you check out the river
Which is four hundred feet straight down

Take on some water at the Needleton tank
And then a-struggle up a two-five grade
And by the time you get your hide
Past the Snowshed slide
You’ve had a ride on the Silverton (Silverton train)

[Chorus]
Here comes the Silverton, up from Durango
Here comes the Silverton, a-shovelin’ coal
Here comes the Silverton, up from the canyon
See the smoke and hear the whistle blow

[Musical interlude here. Nice violins, and the kettle drums boom well.]

[Chorus]
Here comes the Silverton, up from Durango
Here comes the Silverton, a-shovelin’ coal
Here comes the Silverton, up from the canyon
See the smoke and hear the whistle blow

[If the next line seems a bit familiar, you’re correct. Chug-chug, toot-toot, off we go.]

Now, down by the station, early in the mornin’
There’s a whole lot a’ people in line
And they all got a ticket
On The Train To Yesterday
And it’s a-gonna leave on time

Well, it’s a forty-five mile up the Animas canyon
So they run her on the narra gauge
She takes a whole lot a’ water
And she needs a lot of coal
And they call her the Silverton (Silverton train)

[Chorus]
Here comes the Silverton, up from Durango
Here comes the Silverton, a-shovelin’ coal
Here comes the Silverton, up from the canyon
See the smoke and hear the whistle blow
[Fade out]
Here comes the Silverton, up from Durango
Here comes the Silverton, a-shovelin’ coal
Here comes the Silverton, up from the canyon
See the smoke and hear the whistle blow

Here comes the Silverton, up from Durango
Here comes the Silverton, a-shovelin’ coal
Here comes the Silverton, up from the canyon
See the smoke and hear the whistle blow

 

And now without further adieu …

Be seeing you …