The Wreck of the Number Nine
seems to be a rare song. I first heard and learned it from Wilfried Drygala and we sang it no end of times in the Idle Fellows
. The song itself is a wonderful short ballad on a god-like train driver getting a premature comeuppance. The hero of the song departs this earthly paradise happy in the knowledge that he has done his duty to his shortly to be bereaved sweetheart. What a load of codswallop for today's audiences! Still, it was always great to listen to Wilfried singing it.