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Natchez and Delta Queen Race

Composed by: Charles Ipcar 10/24/14

Tune: after traditional Stagger Lee Blues

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Now the Natchez, she's a-comin',
Kicking up her heels,
She's rolling up the river, boys,
How dat make you feel?
Just see the black smoke curlin';
Hear her whistle blow --
Give a cheer 'long the levee,
As you watch her go!

The pilot tells the engineer,
"We's gonna need more steam;
Churning up fast astern
Comes the Delta Queen!"
"Now the Delta Queen's a fine boat;
I'll not deny that, son,
But the Natchez she's a flier,
And I bet this race is won!"

They opened up her fire box door,
Heaved in more hardwood;
The boiler pressure surged up high,
An' her paddles dug in good;
Now the Natchez she's a-flyin',
The spray swept o'er her rail;
The Delta Queen she's turnin' green,
As the Natchez flashed her tail!

The Natchez wheeled into N'Orleans,
Nosed up to the pier;
The deck-crew moored her stem and stern,
'Fore the Delta Queen drew near;
There's a set of antlers mounted
On her pilot house so high;
"The Natchez runs just like a deer,
It's a joy to see her fly!"

(Repeat first verse)

Steamboat Natchez rolling up the Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 4, 2014, photographed by Charlie Ipcar.

Steamboat Natchez rolling up the Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 4, 2014, photographed by Charlie Ipcar.

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