The Engineer's Dying Child
Johnny Cash

The Engineer's Dying Child

A little child on a sickbed lay,
And death was very near.
He was
the pride and the only child of a railroad engineer.

His duty had
called him from those he loved,
And seeing that hope was dim.
While
a tear he shed to his wife he said, ?Just have two lanterns trimmed."

(Chorus)

Just hang a light when I pass tonight.
Hang it where it
can be seen.
If the baby's dead then show the red.
If he's better
then show the green.

In a little shack,
By the railroad
track,
A mother with watchful eyes.
Saw a gleam of hope in a tender
smile,
As the train went rushing by,
Just one short look,
Was
his only chance?
To see the light a gleam.
In the midnight air their
rose a prayer.
Thank god the light was green.

(Chorus)

Just hang a light when I pass tonight.
Hang it where it can be
seen.
If the baby's dead then show the red.
If he's better then
show the green.