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Performer: Johnny Cash
Album: Will the Circle be Unbroken Vol.2
Transcribed: Guitar Picker -
Lifeís Railway to Heaven

Life is like a mountain railroad,
        G               D
With an engineer thatís brave.

We must make the run successful,
From the cradle to the grave.
Heed the curves, the hills, the tunnels,
       G            D
Never falter, never fail.
Keep your hands upon the throttle
And your eyes upon the rail.


G                         D
Blessed saviour Thou wilt guide us,
ĎTil we reach that blissful shore.
           C             G
Where the angels wait to join us,
         D      G      C
In Godís great forevermore.

As we roll along the mainline
There'll be storms and thereíll be night.
Thereíll be sidetracks unexpected
On the left and on the right.
But with the straight always before us
And our hearts upon the prize,
Thereíll be no disembarkation
Until we reach paradise.


Life's Railway to Heaven

Verse One:
[A] Life is like a mountain railroad,
With an [D] engineer that's [A] brave;
We must make the run successful
From the [B] cradle to the [E] grave;
Watch the [A] curves, the fills, the tunnels;
Never [D] falter, never [A] quail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye up [E] on the [A] rail.

Blessed [D] Savior, You will [A] guide us,
'Til we reach that blissful [E] shore;
Where the [A] angels wait to [D] join us
In Your [A] praise for [E] ever [A] more.

Verse Two:
You will roll up grades of trial;
You will cross the bridge of strife;
See that Christ is your conductor
On this lightning train of life;
Always mindful of obstruction;
Do your duty, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail.


Verse Three:
You will often find obstructions;
Look for storms of wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve or trestle,
They will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus;
Never falter, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail.


Verse Four:
As you roll across the trestle;
Spanning Jordan's swelling tide,
You behold the Union Depot,
Into which your train will glide;
There you'll meet the Superintendent
God the Father, God the Son,
With a hearty joyous greeting,
"Weary pilgrim, welcome home!"


From: "Michael Thomas"
Words and music: Charlie D Tilman v 1950

Lifeís Railway to Heaven

      (G,*B 4/4 Fast)
      Verse 1
      Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad
              C                 G
      With An Engineer, That Is Brave

      We Must Make, The Run Successful
               A7              D
      From The Cradle Unto The Grave.
      Watch The Curves, The Fills, The Tunnels
            C            G
      Never Falter Never Fail

      Keep Your Hands, Upon The Throttle,
               D7           G
      And Your Eye Upon The Rail.

      Verse 2
      As You Roll Across The Trestle
               C                 G
      Spanning Jordanís Swelling Tide

      You Behold The Union Depot
           A7                    D
      Into Which Your Train Will Glide
      There Youíll Meet The Superintendent,
               C               G
      God, The Father, God The Son,

      With A Hearty, Joyous Welcome
            D7               G
      Weary Pilgrim, Welcome Home.
              C               G                                  D
      Blessed Savior Thy Will Guide Us, Till We Reach That Other Shore
                G              C               G          D7   G
      Where The Angels Wait To Join Us, In Thy Praise For-ever More.