Death of a Steam Man

from by Christian Williams

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No fancy long-tailed Sunday coat or proper satin tie
Need grace my grave – or fragrant flowers perfume me when I die.

Just blow a whistle over me – don’t tuck it in for burying.
But give it to an engine man that it go on a carrying.

Steam engine joy – Mt. Pleasant way;
And I shall go – still tarrying.
And I shall go – still tarrying.


from Songs of the Iron Men, released April 1, 2009
Words by Mae Baber; Music by Christian Williams



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Christian Williams Lawrence

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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