Sunday, January 24, 2016

Wabash Cannonball

by Roy Acuff with Lyrics

Name that locomotive.

Lots of folks have wondered about the following verse and who was "Daddy Claxton"

"Here’s to Daddy Claxton, may his name forever stand,
And may it be remembered ’round the courts of Alabam’
His earthly race is over and the curtains round him fall,
We’ll carry him home to victory on the Wabash Cannon Ball."

I finally found this explanation:

"The enigmatic verse about Daddy Claxton was in the version Roy originally heard.  The fact that Roy’s  middle name is Claxton is just a coincidence.  He was named after Dr. P. T. Claxton, a prominent teacher and lecturer at Austin Peay College in Clarksville." (Source)

For the hardcore, here is the Carter Family version with a couple of changes to the lyrics. 

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