The Wreck of the Old 97

The wreck of the Old 97

The wreck of the Old 97


I have always been drawn to poetry because of its rhythms and rhymes. I came across an old poem entitled “The Wreck of the Old 97” about a Southern Railroad mail train that derailed in Virginia in 1903. The New York Times ran the headline, “97 Train Falls 75 Feet. Everyone on Board Killed or Badly Injured, Cars and Cargo Demolished.”

It’s a very sad tale that I found quite moving, so I set the poem to music, not realizing that this had been done by other balladeers in the past. If you’d like to hear my rendition, it’s number 14 on the Tigress album click here to go there, where you click “view track list” under the image of the album cover to choose #14.

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