The Tucson Line
By: Wayne Brown
A quick check of my pocket watch told me time was near
Soon, at the Depot, the afternoon stage would arrive here
The Wells Fargo board said the Concord stage would be on time
Running on its daily route on the Deming to Tucson stage line
Hank Johnson is already standing out front, a small boy by his side
Today that Concord stage will be carrying his new mail order bride
A widower now raising a young son whose birth took away his wife
The Stage from Deming will bring a wife, a new mother, a new life
Ed Chambers, from the bank, is here for the gold off this prairie ship
Tom Styles will grab the mail bags off the stage delivered on this trip
There might a saloon girl or two among the passengers riding there
Who come all the way from St. Louis to Tucson on just a one-way fare
That ol’ Concord Stage runs the line through weather, robbers, and attacks
The road between Deming and Tucson is permanently cut with its tracks
The Apache threatens from time to time and chase after the speeding coach
The outlaws plot hoping the valuables in that strong box they might poach
Seth Jones is the driver on this line; of all drivers, he is finest in the game
He runs that coach and handles that team expertly with a four-in-hand rein
Ol’ Patch Hayes is riding shotgun; pistol, rifle, shotgun are close at hand
He can pick a man out of the saddle at forty yards and lay him in the sand
Here it comes around the corner to Main, the team a-running at a trot
Right on time in from Deming with weary passengers and all their lot
The passengers will disembark and scatter themselves into the wind
Seth and Patch will load it up and head back to Deming once again
Passengers on board, the luggage and cargo tied down and all secure
The strong box is locked and mail for Deming in the boot in the rear
The horses are watered and fresh, ol’ Patch just cut him a plug of chaw
Seth grabs the reins, releases the brakes, and lets it roll again…Hee Yah!
I stand out front of the Depot with my lil ol’ mother on my arm
She’s come all they way from Santa Fe without hurt or harm
Thanks to ol’ Seth and Patch and the way they spend their time
Movin’ that Concord Stage over the Deming to Tucson line
© Copyright WBrown2010. All Rights Reserved.
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