MONKEY AND THE ENGINEER

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MONKEY AND THE ENGINEER
Jesse “Lone Cat” Fuller was born in Georgia in 1896. From age 9, he worked countless
jobs to support himself. Through his childhood, he also taught himself how to play guitar
and hand carve intricate wooden snakes. Jesse’s work ranged from stretching canvas at
the carnival to running his own hot dog stand. Most often though, Jesse could be found
either working on the railroad or playing his own music on street corners. This is a story
song of the antics of a monkey who pulls the throttle on the southbound locomotive when
the engineer is off of the train, eating a bite under a tree. The monkey, who usually sat on
a stool watching the engineer, had apparently paid very close attention to the operation.
However, smart as he was, the monkey did not know there was a northbound train on the
same main line. Thanks to the quick actions of the switch operator, a collision is avoided.
Once upon a time there was an engineer.
Drove a locomotive both far and near.
Accompanied by a monkey that would sit on a stool
Watching everything the engineer would move
One day the engineer wanted a bite to eat,
He left the monkey sitting on the driver’s seat,
The monkey pulled the throttle, the locomotive jumped the gun
And did 90 miles an hour down the mainline run.
Big locomotive right on time, big locomotive coming down the line.
Big locomotive No. 99, left the engineer with a worried mind.
The engineer called up the dispatcher on the phone,
To tell him all about his locomotive was gone.
Get on the wire, switch operator to write,
Cause the monkey’s got the main line sewed up tight.
The switch operator got the message on time,
Said there’s a Northbound limited on the same main line,
Open up the switch I’m gonna let him through the hole,
Cause the monkey’s got the locomotive under control.
Big locomotive right on time, big locomotive coming down the line.
Big locomotive No. 99, left the engineer with a worried mind.