MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jim Blake
Leonard Molloy NFLD 2 Tape 17A Track 5
St. Shott's Audio:
Ballad

Jim Blake your wife is dying
Came over the wires tonight
This message was brought to the station
By a boy half dead wit’ fright

He came in the office crying
And his face was very white
Send this to dad in is engine
Poor mother is dying tonight

Jim Blake is our oldest driver
He drives the midnight express
He has handled the throttling lever
For the most of his time on earth

And when we saw the message
Was for our old friend Jim
We quickly sent it flying
Over the wires to him

In less than half an hour
The answer came back from Kirk
Tell wife I’ll meet her at midnight
Tell her l am praying for her

Oh I left the boy in the office
Took the message to Jim's wife
I found her a dying woman
wit’ scarcely a breat’ of life

And when l entered her chamber
She took me at first to be Jim
And sank back almost exhausted
When she found l was not him

Over hill and dale and valley
Pounded the midnight express
Over trestle crossing and bridges
She leaps as in sore distress

But Jim holds on to the lever
Guiding her maddening flight
And a voice cries out in the darkness
God speed the express train to night

In something less than an hour
The express train should be along
But here is a message for me
I fear there is something wrong

Oh yes it spelled a disaster
The express train is in a ditch
The engineer is dying
Derailed by an open switch

And here is another message
From the Engineer l guess
Tell wife I’ll meet her in heaven
Don't wait for the midnight express

And now they both are dying
The j'ys of life are o'er
God grant that they meet in heaven
There to part no more


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