So I trudged off with that there note, sir,
To the railway track, through the rain...
And I read it between the lines, sir,
Yes, the lines of the 'up main train!'
When some train-wreckers came up and caught me, sir.
Of whom I'd heard terrible tales!
They were great big strapping fellows, sir,
And they strapped me down on the rails.
Soon I felt them metals throb, sir.
And quiver and quiver again!
And I knew 'twas the engine a-coming, sir,
And I lay in the way of the train!
Nearer and nearer it came, sir,
Then I thought of my wife, d'yer see
Though I knew she'd be sorry... still she wouldn't be
Well... well, quite so cut up as me.
Still I heard that engine puffing!
And I heard its whistle blow!
And I waited and waited and waited...
Oh, the time seemed terribly slow!
Still I heard that engine snorting...
While I lay there in dismay!
When the passengers slowly got down from the train
  And quietly strolled my way...
And my life! yes, my life was saved, sir,
Not by some heroic soul... but the old train had come to a standstill,
As the engine had run short of coal!

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