the engineer’s dying child lyrics – johnny cash

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 p*ss 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 p*ss 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.

/ johnny cash lyrics