“Bill Mason”

Alternate titles: “Bill Mason's Bride”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: probably 1873 (100 Choice Selections, Volume 6)
Keywords: train rescue sabotage
Found in: US

Description

The song opens with chat about Bill Mason, then notes that he was called to "bring (down) the night express." His new wife, seeing vandals destroying the tracks, she brings out a lantern and saves him and his train

Notes

This poem somehow came to be associated with Bret Harte, but is not in any of the works written in his lifetime; this seems to be a case of an incorrect attribution that somehow "stuck." - RBW

Recordings

References

  1. Cohen-LSRail, pp. 282-287, "Bill Mason" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Rorrer, p. 84, "Bill Mason" (1 text)
  3. Roud #12393
  4. BI, LSRai282