“The Night Express”


"One day I met a little girl beyond the railroad bridge" and asks her about her life and what she is doing there. Her father is an engineer on the train. He asks if she worries about her father. The girl says that God will protect him


No relation to either version of "My Bonny Black Bess." That one's about a horse. - PJS


  • [Wilmer] Watts & [Frank?] Wilson, "The Night Express" (Paramount 3007/Broadway 8113 [as by Watts & Wiggins], 1927)
  • Wilmer Watts & the Lonely Eagles, "Bonnie Bess" (Paramount 3277, 1931; on TimesAint05)


  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 567-570, "The Night Express" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. BI, RcTNiExp


Alternate titles: “Bonnie Bess”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1893 (Locomotive Engineer's Monthly Journal)
Found in: US