The Wreck Of The ‘99 polka

Also known as The Wreck Of The 99, The Wreck Of The Old ‘97.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Wreck Of The ‘99 has been added to 1 tune set.

The Wreck Of The '99 has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: The Wreck Of The '99
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bc|:d>e dB|GA Bd|g>a ge|c3 e|
d3 B|GA Bc|A2 A>B|A2 Bc|
d>e dB|GA Bd|g>a ge|c3 e|
d3 B|Ac BA|G4-|1 G2 Bc:|2 G2 g2||
f3 g|a3 f|g>a ge|c3 d|
e3 g|fd ef|d2 d>d|d2 Bc|
d>e dB|GA Bd|g>a ge|c3 e|
d3 B|Ac BA|G4-|G2 Bc||
# Added by jakep .

Two comments

The Wreck of the 99

This is a two-step, not a polka. I learnt it from "I Will If I Can" by John Carty, and it was also recorded by James Morrison.

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It seems to be based on the tune of "The Wreck Of The Old’97".
Well, they gave him his orders in Monroe, Virgina
Said:"Steve, you’re way behind time,
"This is not 38, this is Ol’97,
"Put her into Spencer on time."

Then he turned around and said to his black, greasy fireman,
"Shovel on a little more coal.
And when we reach that White Oak mountain,
"Watch Ol’97 roll."

And then a telegran come from Washington station,
This is what it read:
"Oh that brave engineer that run ‘97,
"Is lyin’ in Danville dead."

"Cos he was going down a grade making 90 miles an hour,
The whistle broke into a scream.
He was found in the wreck with his hand on the throttle,
Scalded to death by steam."

Oh, now all you ladies better take a warning,
From this time on and learn.
Never speak harsh to your true-lovin’ husband,
He may leave you and never return.