The Jupiter and the 119 (Todd Sheaffer)

First played

September 10, 2010

Last played

October 29, 2017

Times played

231

Lyrics/Notes

the jupiter is gleamin’ . . shinin’ in the sun
everybody ready for the great cross country run
tell me have you heard the story goin’ down the wire
. . goin’ down the line?!
she’s ready to be goin’ . . breathin’ smoke & steam
she edges on the iron & the crowd begins to scream
tell me have you heard the story of the jupiter
. . & the 119?
they fire off the cannons . . she blows a whistle blast
goes flyin’ ‘round the corner movin’ strong & movin’ fast
tell me have you heard the story goin’ down the wire
. . goin’ down the line?!
the jupiter is on the run
headin’ for the setting sun
& when she rests the east & west are tied
& off from california . . from the sacramento yard
the 119 is movin’ . . pushin’ strong & pushin’ hard
she’s through the snowy mountains . . took ‘em right in stride
crested the sierra & went down the other side
tell me have you heard the story goin’ down the wire
goin’ down the line
tell me have you heard the story of the jupiter
. . & the 119?
ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh
across the grassed horizon . . across the giant plain
across a thousand miles of iron roars the mighty U.P. train
she tops the sherman summit . . a mighty feat of man
sails through echo canyon & across the dale creek span!
tell me have you heard the story goin’ down the wire . . ?
going down the line!?
and through the fiery desert . . the 119 has run
through the devil’s gorge . . beneath the blazin’ fiery sun
through tunnels & through canyons cleared by shovel & by pick
10,000 men who blasted, clawed & hawled with muscles thick
tell me have you heard the story of the jupiter & the 119?
the jupiter is on the run
headin’ for the setting sun
& when she rests the east & west are tied
ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh
they’ve met in promontory . . from the east & west they’re here
& all across the country they’ve raised a mighty cheer
the mighty trains are polished . . on the tracks they proudly rest
the crowd’s all gathered ‘round ‘em dressed up in their sunday best
a big brass band is playin’ . . it’s a bright uncloudy day
the speaker’s oratory . . & the bosses have their say
the reverend says a prayer . . it’s mercifully short
the drunken railmen laugh & the iron horses snort
the engines move in closer. . they ease in down the line
the champagne bottles pop . . so fill yer glass it’s toastin’ time!
the engines ease for meetin’ . . nose to nose alike
they raise the silver hammer & they nail the golden spike!
tell me have you heard the story goin’ down the wire
. . goin down the line!?
tell me have you heard the story of the jupiter
& the 119
tell me have you heard the story of the jupiter
& the 119
ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh
ooh, ooh, ooh

Shows played

2011-01-13 Bijou Theater
2011-01-14 Orange Peel
2011-01-15 Variety Playhouse
2011-01-18 George's Majestic
2011-01-19 Cain's Ballroom
2011-01-21 Sunshine Theater
2011-01-22 Orpheum Theater
2011-01-24 Belly Up Tavern
2011-01-25 Hard Rock Cafe
2011-01-27 Roxy Theatre
2011-01-29 Uptown Theatre
2011-02-03 Northern Lights
2011-02-04 Toad's Place
2011-02-05 Brooklyn Bowl
2011-02-10 Kent Stage
2011-02-12 Jefferson Theater
2011-02-24 Tupelo Music Hall (VT)
2011-02-26 German House Theatre
2011-03-03 Minglewood Hall
2011-03-05 Royal Oak Music Theatre
2011-03-06 Lyell B. Clay Performing Arts Center, Creative Arts Center, WVU
2011-03-20 The BellyUp
2011-03-23 Harry O's
2011-03-25 Wilma Theater
2011-03-27 The Vault
2011-03-28 The Slowdown
2011-03-30 DG's Tap House
2011-04-01 Papa Charlie's Club
2011-04-15 The Pageant
2011-04-16 The Lyric Theatre
2011-04-19 Music Farm
2011-04-23 The Plaza Theatre
2011-05-07 The Wellmont Theatre
2011-05-20 Hangout Festival
2011-05-22 Woodlands Tavern
2011-05-27 DelFest Latenight Stage @ Allegany County Fairgrounds
2011-06-03 Jomeokee Park
2011-06-12 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fair - Sonic Stage
2011-06-17 Telluride Bluegrass Festival
2011-07-02 Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
2011-07-22 Britt Pavilion
2011-07-23 Horning's Hideout
2011-07-29 Floydfest Revival Music and Arts Festival
2011-07-30 Bele Chere
2011-08-14 Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
2011-08-16 Weesner Family Amphitheater
2011-08-20 Red Rocks Amphitheater
2011-08-27 Southern Brewers Festival
2011-09-09 Peace Park
2011-10-01 FolkFest
2011-10-08 Mercy Lounge
2011-10-13 Harvest Music Festival @ Mulberry Mountain
2011-10-19 WorkPlay Theatre
2011-10-21 Magnolia Festival @ Spirit of the Suwannee Music P
2011-10-29 Hangtown Halloween Ball - El Dorado Co Fairgrounds
2011-11-09 Canopy Club
2011-11-11 Majestic Theatre
2011-11-16 State Theatre
2011-11-19 Headliners Music Hall
2011-11-26 Sherman Theater
2011-12-29 Ogden Theater