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Charlie and His Case

from Songs of the Iron Men by Christian Williams

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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 New York

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 to abstract sound art utilizing acoustic loops and field recordings. ... more

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