Live From Metcalf Station!

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There were only two shows the entire summer the whole section crew was in camp. One was our Philfiesta (Addison forgot to record), and the other was this one, the day after.

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released September 14, 2014

Edited and compiled by Kyle "Addison Beauchamp" Soyer, Program Councilor at Metcalf Station, 2014.

Kyle "Addison Beauchamp" Soyer, Program Councilor at Metcalf Station, 2014.

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Six-Tone Storm Chime New Mexico

The winds of the North Ponil Canyon rattle canvas like the C&N RY No. 1 is still rumblin' by.

To the inaugural 2014 staff of Metcalf Station at Philmont Scout Ranch, that's just the echoes of history.

Left to right in the banner: Kyle "Addison Beauchamp" Soyer, Weston "Paddy" Mate, Tucker "Rusty" Baker, Nathan "Captain McCallen" Ford,
Matthew "Sim Webb" Hauser, and Travis "Two-Foot" Scherschel.
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Track Name: New Railroad
Workin' on a new railroad, Metcalf is its name
Workin' on a new railroad, Metcalf is its name
Workin' for T. A. Schomburg in a land that's still untamed
Been all around this world

All day long we're spiking rail along the North Ponil
All day long we're spiking rail along the North Ponil
The echo off the canyon is the sound of my hot steel
Been all around this world

Loggers come for old red spruce and western yellow pine
Loggers come for old red spruce and western yellow pine
They're here to take the timber for the Continental Ties
Been all around this world

Lumber mills and drivin' wheels run on coal and steam
Lumber mills and drivin' wheels run on coal and steam
But it takes to hands of flesh and blood to make these hammers sing
Been all around this world

Workin' on a new railroad, Metcalf is its name
Workin' on a new railroad, Metcalf is its name
We've got a cat named Shere Khan, who's got a bushy mane
Been all around this world
Been all around this world
Been all around this world
Track Name: The Company Bible
A sledge'll take a thumb or two
As every shaker fears
So if you go to set a spike
Keep your lunch hooks clear

A maul will flatten out your toes
So get your head cut in
'Cause if the ten pound weight should glance
The blow will crack you shin

So if you dance the gandy
Watch your pins at shining time
Or go pull freight for your last call
On the Indian Valley Line

If you walk along the pike
Keep off the rails and ties
A slip, a fall, a twist, a snap
A flat-wheel you will rise

So if you dance the gandy
Watch your pins at shining time
Or go pull freight for your last call
On the Indian Valley Line

Or go pull freight for your last call
On the Indian Valley Line
Track Name: John Henry
When John Henry was a little baby
Sittin' on his daddy's knee
Picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel
Cried, "Hammer's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord!
Hammer's gonna be the death of me!"

Now the Captain said to John Henry,
"Gonna bring that steam drill around.
Gonna bring that steam drill out on the job
Gonna knock that steel on down, Lord, Lord!
Knock that steel on down!"

John Henry told his Captain,
"Lord, a man ain't nothin' but a man!
Before I let your steam drill beat me down
I'm gonna die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord!
Die with a hammer in my hand!"

John Henry driving on the right side
That steam drill was driving on the left
He said, "Before I let your steam drill beat me down
I'll hammer my self to death, Lord, Lord!
I'll hammer my poor self to death!"

Now the Captain said to John Henry,
"What is that storm I hear?"
John Henry said, "That ain't no storm, Captain,
That's just my hammer in the air, Lord, Lord!
Just my hammer in the air!"

John Henry hammered in the mountain
His hammer was striking fire
But he worked so hard he broke his poor heart
He laid down his hammer and he died, Lord, Lord!
He laid down his hammer and he died!

Well now every Monday morning
When a bluebird, he begin to sing
You could hear John Henry for a mile or more
You could hear John Henry's hammer ring, Lord, Lord!
Hear John Henry's hammer ring!

You could hear John Henry's hammer ring, Lord, Lord!
Hear John Henry's hammer ring!
Track Name: Manly's Folly
Twas in the spring of '71
Along the Ponil Creek I planted apple, pear, and plum
Sixty-one acres of little trees
That would soon grow heavy with every winter variety
But the townsfolk down in Cimarron
Laughed and sneered and hooted
"Don't you know your fruit trees
Never will get fruited?"
And they called it "Manly's Folly"
But I'm gonna win the Fair of the World!

To Colfax County the land wars came
There was trouble in Red River with the Ring from Santa Fe
And all my children now raised and married
Oh, them apples saw it all, they saw my sweet Theresa buried
So pile your hay up in a heap
Drive your cattle shear your sheep
But if you talk behind my back
You're diggin' your hole deep
To call these apples "Manly's Folly"
'Cause I'm gonna win the Fair of the World!

Don't like my apples
Don't shake my trees
Get outta my orchard
Let my apples be
You may call it "Manly's Folly"
But I'm gonna win the Fair of the World!

Now old Lew Wallace the governor man
He put his back against my trunk with pen and paper in his hand
As the ink fell across the page
Wild roman chariots raced through my apple shade
He got published, he got praised
They turned his book into play
I took Theresa out to see it
When it came Las Vegas way
Saw Ben Hur win his freedom
In the story that's been heard around the world

And now another great chariot
With horses made of iron but a gage that's Roman yet
Will come rumblin' through my trees
Oh, the Cimarron Northwestern will come rattle all my leaves
Shipping housing timbers, props, and ties
Hear that whistle whine
When the Saint Louis Rocky Mountain
And Pacific Railway Line
Takes my apples to Chicago
Where I'm gonna win the fair of the world

So build your railroad
Where'er you please
You'll pay top dollar
For my best thirty trees
They'll be gone but I ain't worried
'Cause I'm gonna win the Fair of the World

And you may call it "Manly's Folly"
But I'm gonna win the Fair of the World
Gonna win the Fair of the World
Track Name: The Rock Island Line
Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Want to ride it got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

A B C double X Y Z
Cat's in the cupboard but he can't see me
Bossman laying down in the shade
Countin' all the ties that we ain't laid

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Want to ride it got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Jesus died to save our sins
Glory to God we're gonna need 'im again
I may be right or I may be wrong
But I know you're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Want to ride it got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Cloudy in the West and it looks like rain
Around the bend come a passenger train
Northbound train on a southbound track
She's alright leavin' but she's never comin' back

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Want to ride it got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Engineer said just before he died,
"Two more drinks I'd like to try"
Conductor said, "What could they be?"
"Hot cup of coffee and cold cup of tea!"

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Want to ride it got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Want to ride it got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line

Oh, the Rock Island Line is a mighty good road
Oh, the Rock Island Line is the road to ride
Want to ride it got to ride it like you find it
Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line
Track Name: Train Whistle Nightmare
I used to be a breakman
I've worked as engineer
Firemen is mighty hot
Here's what I always hear
As every engine rumbles by
It lets out this refrain
A wail a moan a whistle
It's driving me insane

The Pan-American Flyer
Express and Santa Fe
The Cannonball and Hummingbird
Are screaming night and day
In dreams I hear that Cannonball
A-calling for the track
And then I hear that freight train whistle
Answer him right back

Now if I go to Heaven
They'll send me in a plane
So I won't hear that whistle blowin'
On that glory train
Away we'll drive and rollin'
Gonna cause a worried mind
Follow then Mount Zion's whistle
Screamin' down the line
Track Name: Casey Jones
Come all you rounders if you want to hear
The story about a brave engineer
Casey Jones was the rounders name
On a four-six wheeler boys
He won his fame

The caller called Casey at half-past four
He kissed his wife at the station door
Mounted to his cabin with his orders in his hand
And he took his farewell trip to the promised land

Casey Jones! Mounted to his cabin
Casey Jones! With his orders in his hand
Casey Jones! Mounted to his cabin
He took his farewell trip to the promised land

So pour on you water and shovel your coal
Stick your head on the window watch them drivin' wheels roll
"I'll run this train straight off of the rail
'Cause we're two hours late with the western mail!"

He looked at his watch, but his watch it was slow
He looked at the water, but the water was low
He turned to his fireman and this is what he said,
"We'll make it to Canton, but we'll all end up dead!"

Casey Jones! We'll make it to Canton
Casey Jones! But we'll end up dead
Casey Jones! We'll make it to Canton
We'll make it to Canton but we'll all end up dead

Casey pulled up to that old Reno Hill
He whistled at the crossing with an awful shrill
The switchman knew by the engine's moan
That the man at the throttle was the good Casey Jones

Casey pulled up about a mile from Vaughan place
With the Number Four engine starin' him right in the face
He called to his fireman, "Sim, you better jump!
'Cause there's two locomotives that's a-going to bump!"

Casey Jones! Two locomotives
Casey Jones! That's a-going to bump
Casey Jones! Two locomotives
There's two locomotives that's a going to bump

Casey Jones! Mounted to his cabin
Casey Jones! With his orders in his hand
Casey Jones! Mounted to his cabin
He took his farewell trip to the promised land
Track Name: Far Away Boys
Well I worked on the railroad
For tuppence a day
I drink down one penny
The other I saved
I hammered and I hammered
I hammered so long
Well in to madness
With each setting sun
I laid my head down
And I dreamt you were here
With me by the old tree
Where no one could care

Far away boys
Far away boys
Away from you now
I'm lying with my sweetheart
In her arms I'll be found

Then the sun belched upon me
You were no longer here
And lying in your place
Was my hammer and my gear
So I stamped out the fire
That kept us both warm
The ashes were falling
Like the snowdrops of old
We came to a mountain
Dynamite and she'll blow
A big hole in that rock
Like the one in my soul

We buried four workmen
They dug themselves well
From four empty coffins
To four early graves
They're only Paddies, just Paddies
Don't dig them to deep
You'll need all your strength, boys
And they're replaced easily
In the heat I was melting
Into your sweet lips
Ah, your kiss takes me back
It takes me back from all this

Far away boys
Far away boys
Away from you now
I'm laying with my sweetheart
In her arms I'll be found

Someone said it was Christmas
Not a tree was in sight
And the only thing growing
Was my will to die
'Til the gaffer, he said, "Men,
Your work here is done."
I said, "I'll see you in Hell
On that train we died for."
Never again
Will I smell your sweet dream
Just a blood-stained old gutter
Where your lips used to be

Far away boys
Far away boys
Away from you now
I'm laying with my sweetheart
In her arms I'll be found

Far away boys
Far away boys
Away from you now
I'm laying with my sweetheart
In her arms I'll be found