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Fae was moved by a story that she read about 19 men who lost their lives while the Cowee Train was being built in Dillsboro, North Carolina in 1882 on December 30. They say that their ghosts still roam the tunnel entrance and that you can hear them cry at night. This sad and chilling tale needed to be told.



Every night when the moon is shining,
following me down that old road,
I hear the cries from the lonely ghosts
coming from the tracks near Dillsboro.
Back in the days of the old chain gangs,
amidst the cold December snow,
the winds of fate crossed the mighty Tuck
and took the lives of nineteen souls.


And oh, you hear them cry as the train pulls by.
See the tears flow down the tunnel walls
as you hear the wails of nineteen souls
who spent their last days building the rails for the Cowee Train.

No man or mountain can stop ambition
and danger to some is just a word,
but the tink of axes built a chorus
that laid the track for the hairpin turn.
And every morning they crossed the river;
a twenty-man gang in irons strong.
The river rushed and snapped the boat
and all but one was left to drown.


They buried the bodies in an unmarked grave
near the end of that tunnel wall.
They say a man’s got only his name
but that too was lost in this sad tale.
And to this day you can take that train,
through the tunnel, down, and back again.
You’ll hear the chains and the rush of water
and the echoes of those nineteen men.



from Never Go Back, released August 23, 2016
words and music by S. Fae Wiedenhoeft ASCAP


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SeaStar hails from the rainy town of Seattle.
Since 2007, Fae Wiedenhoeft and her band have been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of Celtic Folk. Their award winning, traditional sounding compositions and clever story songs are loved and revered by many across the globe.
They have traveled to many places with their music and cannot wait to share some stories with you!
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