Charlie and His Case

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Old Charlie was an engineer back in the days of steam; To live again that yesteryear had always been his dream.
The sound of quiet, rushing steam, of cinder-filled exhaust, The clank of bull gears it would seem were doomed forever lost.

The puff of straw-fire up the stack, the whistle, full of cheer, the creaking platform at the back, he'd give his soul to hear.
One day an old-time Case he bought; he scraped and brushed it bright. “I'll make it just like new,” he thought, he worked all day and night.

Charlie had been a Fancy Dan, the folks who know him say, Was what is called a well-dressed man before IT came his way.
Now his shirt is torn, his pants are ripped, he doesn’t wash his face; His knuckles smashed, his nails chipped, as he works upon that Case.

The tractor’s got a brand new face, unmarred by passing time; But Charlie looks just like the Case when it was cached in grime.
The tractor’s cared for like a pup, now it's Dapper Dan, And Charlie seldom washes up but he’s a happy man.


from Songs of the Iron Men, released April 1, 2009
Words by E.C. Harsch; Music by Christian Williams



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Christian Williams is a self-taught musician, experimental composer, and visual artist. His passion for expression has led him to dabble in a wide variety of music styles, ranging from dark acoustic folk music inspired by the American prairie (his early work), to abstract sound art utilizing acoustic loops and field recordings (his most recent work). ... more

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