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Smoky Mary

by The Story Is Everything

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Take a ride on "Smoky Mary" along the Pontchartrain Railroad, the third-oldest train line in the continental United States!


Going down Elysian Fields
The dark gray smoke plume flies
Over English rolled-iron rails
And cypress railroad ties
Over shotgun cottage roofs
The woeful whistle cries
“All aboard, we're bound for Milneburg!”

Smoky Mary, rollin' down the line
Smoky Mary, over swampy brine
Smoky Mary, I'll save my nickels, save my dimes
I'll be passin' a good time at Milneburg

Lake House Tavern shining bright
The Washington Hotel
Sazerac and flaming rum
And whiskey from the well
Dixieland and Creole ladies
Their laughter casts a spell
To call you, call you on to Milneburg


BRIDGE (x2):
Pontchartrain Railroad 5 miles long
River to the lake, gonna take you along
Pontchartrain Railroad rollin' like a song
Lake to the river, you can't go wrong

Camphouse village built on stilts
The Port of Pontchartrain
Margaret in the lighthouse shines
Her beacon in the rain
Once you breathe that lakeshore breeze
You'll never be the same
You'll be so glad you came to Milneburg, to Milneburg



released February 15, 2020
John Voorhees: lead and harmony vocals, 6 string guitar, 6 string banjo, harmonica, bass, percussion
Tanya Voorhees: harmony vocals, 12 string guitar
Charlie Holt: mandolin

Music and lyrics by Tanya Voorhees
Produced by John Voorhees


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