What is this Song? "The Lightning Express"

My mother used to sing me a song when I was a child, 50 years ago. The song was about a little boy traveling on a train to visit his mother but doesn't have the fare. A couple of lines are, "Please, Mr Conductor, don't put me off the train. The dearest friend I have in the world is waiting for me in vain. She is apt to die any moment and may not live through the day. " Well , that's it.

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As a child I might have gotten a couple of words wrong and it may have been a young man not a child. Please help me to remember this song. My mother died and as always there are questions we would like answers to. I hope you can help me with this one. It means a lot to me. Thanks. GailDarlene

By GailDarlene from Toronto, Canada

May 19, 20090 found this helpful

It's called "The Lightning Express" by The Everly Brothers. My mom used to sing that to me also when I was little. Now I sing it to my baby. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. My mom also passed two years ago. She loved this song, so I asked everyone to sing it at her burial. I always get choked up when I hear it.

The lightning express from the depot so grand

Had started out on its way

All of the passengers that gathered on board

Seemed to be happy and gay

But one little boy who sat by himself

Was reading a letter he had

You could plainly tell by the look on his face

That the contents of it made him sad

The stern old conductor then started his round

collecting tickets from everyone there

And finally reaching the side of the boy

He gruffly demanded his fare

"I have no ticket" the boy then replied

"But I'll pay you back someday"

"Then I'll 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 of this train

The best friend I have in this world sir

Is waiting for me in pain

Expecting to die any moment sir

And may not live through the day

I wanna reach home and kiss mother goodbye

Before God takes her away"

A girl sitting near was heard to exclaim

"If you put him off, it's a shame"

Taking his hand, a collection she made

The boy's way was paid on the train

"I'm obliged to 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 ear

"Please Mr. Conductor

Don't put me off of this train

The best friend I have in this world sir

Is waiting for me in pain

Expecting to die any moment sir

And may not live through the day

I wanna reach home and kiss mother goodbye

Before God takes her away"

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May 19, 20090 found this helpful

Grab your tissues, here it is on utube sang by them. I remember my dad singing us this song two 49 years ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjmdnxdgTLg

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