One day, Rahat Minhas (Rashid s brother) showed me a gramophone record of Jim Reeves songs. The LP had been purchased by Rashid out of his salary. Most songsMessage 1 of 1 , Jun 5, 2009View Source
One day, Rahat Minhas (Rashid's brother) showed me a gramophone record of Jim Reeves songs. The LP had been purchased by Rashid out of his salary. Most songs were happy, and he liked them, but his all-time favorite was `The Wreck of the Number Nine.'
It was the tale of an engineer who was pulling an old railway engine on a dark, stormy night but his heart was happy because he was going to marry his beloved the next day. Headlights shined in his face and "his brave heart stood still" as he registered that an engine was coming full speed from the wrong direction. His body was found in the wreck, and he sent this message to his beloved as his breath slowly went:
"There's a little white home that I built for our own
Where I dreamed we'd be happy, you and I
But I leave it to you for I know you'll be true
Till we meet at the Golden Gate goodbye."
Rashid was also hoping to get married soon when he died. Incidentally, the singer Jim Reeves had also died seven years ago in plane crash. He was flying the plane himself.
§ The Wreck of the Number Nine
ii. Read lyrics
§ Billy Bayou (Another Favorite)