Mickey Newbury - "Cortelia Clark" lyrics

I was just a boy the year
The BlueBird Special came through here
On its first run South to New Orleans
A blind old man and I we came
To Guthrie just to see the trains
He was black and I was green

Tell me what you see he said
Is the engine black or red son
Why thats the lightest thing
I've ever seen

Then he picked his guitar up
Sat on the fender of the truck
And his eyes lit up
As he began to sing

I remember when
That old mans dreams were chained
To a Depot down in Guthrie
And a BlueBird Special train

He picked his guitar up
Shuffled down the walk
The cars uptown wound round
The buildings at his feet

Lookin' mighty proud
That old man
With his battered hat in his hand
Lord he sung a song it made me weep

I read it in a week old paper
That no one made it for his wake
Or laid a single flower at his feet

He was just some blind old begger
They all said
But Lord I'll wager
He won't be beggin' on Your streets

And you'll find him Lord this morning
He'll be stepping from the dark
Would You save a street in Glory Lord
For Cortelia Clark

I was just a boy the year
The BlueBird Special came through here
On its first run South to New Orleans
A blind old man and I we came
To Guthrie just to see the trains
He was black I was green