Baggage Coach Ahead, Sheet Music 01


Davis, Gussie L., 1863-1899, “Baggage Coach Ahead, Sheet Music 01,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed April 16, 2024,

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Baggage Coach Ahead, Sheet Music 01


This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.


Popular music--United States
Mothers--Songs and music
Railroads--Songs and music
Death--Songs and music

Alternative Title

Baggage Coach


Davis, Gussie L., 1863-1899


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University


Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967


Notated music



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In the Baggage Coach Ahead

On a dark & stormy night, as the train rattled on, all the
passengers had gone to bed except one young man with a babe in his arms
who sat with a bowed down head.

The innocent one began crying just then as
if its poor heart would break. Make that child stop its noise an angry man said for its keeping us all awake. dont keep it in here we have

O, where is its mother go take it to her a
lady then softly said. I wish that I could was the young man's reply but she's dead in the coach ahead

Put it out said another
paid for our berths and cant rest, but never a word said the man with the child as he
fondled it close to his breast As the train rattled onward a
husband sat in tears thinking of the happiness of

Baggage Coach Ahead (continued)

just a few short years while baby's face brings
pictures of a cherished hope thats dead but babies cries can't
waken her in the baggage coach ahead.

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Scholarly Classification

Randolph, 704

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