“Only a Brakeman”


"Far out in Texas... This boy fell a victim.... Only a brakeman, gone on before, Only a brakeman, we'll never see more." The accident that cost him his life is alluded to; his grieving family is mentioned


This song is item dG49 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "Only a Miner" [Laws G33] (theme, meter, floating lyrics)


  1. Randolph 679, "Only a Brakeman" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 445-447, "Only a Brakeman" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 679)
  3. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 173-174, "(Only a Brakeman" (excerpts from 7 "Only a Brakeman" songs; the last is this piece)
  4. Roud #4147
  5. BI, R679


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)