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Good Old Russell

from Songs of the Iron Men by Christian Williams

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I am sitting here and dreaming of the days of long ago how we loved those grand old steamers as we drove them to and from.
How we had to watch the water and the lubricator too and we had to blow the whistle to call the threshing crew.

We would watch the feeder rolling listen to the engine bark and we worked from early morning often times till after dark.
There were times when we were happy, there were times when we were blue when we hit a rotten culvert and the drivers fell right through.

We would work and sweat and tussle lift and tug with might and main till we got the good old Russell rolling down the road again.
The good old days are gone forever and it makes me very sad when I think of those old steamers and the pleasure that we had.


from Songs of the Iron Men, released April 1, 2009
Words by John Kelly; 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 to abstract sound art utilizing acoustic loops and field recordings. ... more

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