The Lightning Express, song

Bridget Quirke, singing in English
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Lyrics

The lightning express from the depot so grand
Had started out on its way
All of its passengers gathered on board
Seemed to be happy and gay
But one little chap who sat by himself
Was reading a letter he had
You could easily tell by the look on his face
That the contents of it made him sad

The stern old conductor then started his rounds
Taking tickets from everyone there
Finally reaching the side of the boy
He grumpily demanded his fare
I have no ticket the boy then replied
But I’ll pay you back someday
Then I must put you off at the next stop we make
But he stopped when he heard the boy say

Please Mr. Conductor don’t put me off this train
The best friend I have in this world sir is waiting for me in vain
Expecting to die any moment sir and may not live through the day
I want to reach home and kiss mother goodbye before God takes her away

A girl sitting by was heard to exclaim
If you put him off it’s a shame
Taking his hat a collection she made
The boy’s way was paid on the train
I thank you miss for your kindness to me
You’re welcome she said never fear
Each time the conductor would pass through the car
The boy’s words would ring in his ears

Please Mr. Conductor don’t put me off this train
The best friend I have in this world sir is waiting for me in vain
Expecting to die any moment sir and may not live through the day
I want to reach home and kiss mother goodbye before god takes her away