He will be our guide even to the end.@Psalm 48:14
The End of the World
© 2007 Jana K. Bartels

M. E. Abbey, in The Revival No. 1, by Charlie D. Tillman (Atlanta, Georgia: Charlie D. Tillman, 1890), number 8. Respectfully dedicated to the railroad men. Some sources claim the lyrics are based on an earlier text by Eliza Snow, but we have found no evidence to support this. The song has been recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, and Linda Ronstadt, among others.

El Paso Charles D. Tillman, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles D. Tillman (1861–1943)

Life is like a mountain railroad,
With an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful,
From the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels;
Never falter, never quail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail.

Refrain

Blessèd Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore;
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.

You will roll up grades of trial;
You will cross the bridge of strife;
See that Christ is your conductor
On this lightning train of life;
Always mindful of obstruction,
Do your duty, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail.

Refrain

You will often find obstructions;
Look for storms of wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve, or trestle,
They will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus;
Never falter, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail.

Refrain

As you roll across the trestle,
Spanning Jordan’s swelling tide,
You behold the Union Depot
Into which your train will glide;
There you’ll meet the superintendent,
God the Father, God the Son,
With the hearty, joyous, plaudit,
Weary pilgrim, welcome home!

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