Listen to Engine One-Forty-Three performed by Johnny Cash. (3:38)
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Sara Dougherty was singing Engine One-Forty-Three when A.P. heard her beautiful voice. Fifteen years later, A.P. convinced Sara to perform the number again during their 1929 sessions in Camden, New Jersey, with Ralph Peer. At the age of ten, Maybelle's daughter June Carter would play this tune for a nationwide radio audience.
Along came the FFV the swiftest on the line,
Georgie's mother came to him with a bucket on her arm,
Up the road he darted, against the rocks he crushed,
The doctor said to Georgie, "My darling boy, be still,
The doctor said to Georgie, "Your life cannot be saved."