terminal hotel

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long & tall tales

Story

 

 

I actually did see the bartender's glass

the ornately carved mirror from behind the bar at these hotels

They weren't really called the Terminal Hotel

but that's another story...

 

 

Lyrics

 

when the west was still so wild

the nation it was just a child

great grandaddy jack went to the end of the line

and built the terminal hotel

 

the country's backbone built from steel

the iron horse would clinch the deal

and when the work crews came to town

there was the terminal hotel

 

jack knew the men would need their rest

liquor and ladies he had the best

then late one night there came a dreadful flame

and burnt the terminal hotel

 

and they all watched it go down

yeah they all watched it go down

for days she was the talk of the town

when the terminal hotel burned down

yeah the terminal hotel burned down

 

before he thought to save his ass

he went and got the bartender's glass

and that was all that he had left

from the terminal hotel

 

by now the track stretched three hundred mile

so to the west he went in style

brand new town new lease on life

he built the terminal hotel

 

business was good he laughed his way to the bank

insurance paid and the men still drank

so he knew what to do when he heard the alarm

at the terminal hotel

 

and they all watched it go down

yeah they all watched it go down

for days she was the talk of the town

when the terminal hotel burned down

yeah the terminal hotel burned down

 

out to the west he moved again

to where the railroad now did end

he built the finest ever yet

yeah the terminal hotel

 

the ladies came and the ladies went

the liquor flowed and the silver spent

the fire burned he saved the bartender's glass

from the terminal hotel

 

and they all watched it go down

yeah they all watched it go down

for days she was the talk of the town

when the terminal hotel burned down

yeah the terminal hotel burned down

 

by now you know what happened next

no wonder some thought he was hexed

still he saw his fortune grow

from the terminal hotel

 

the conflagration lit the night

all agreed it was quite a sight

everyone was safe and sound

the whole town now gathered round

but still no sign of great grandpa jack

maybe died of a heart attack

when all a sudden in his sunday best

bartender's glass held to his chest

he made his grandest exit yet

from the terminal hotel

 

and they all watched it go down

yeah they all watched it go down

for days she was the talk of the town

when the terminal hotel burned down

yeah the terminal hotel burned down

 

now my story has been told

how do i know a tale so old

well my papa still has that bartender's glass

from when the terminal hotel burned down

yeah the terminal hotel burned down

yeah the terminal hotel burned down