Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train

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"Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train"
Song by Uncle Dave Macon
Written 1930
Genre Folk
Songwriter(s) Uncle Dave Macon

The "Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train" is a folk song about politicians and bank failures. It is based on a true incident in Tennessee in 1930. After a scandal involving awarding contracts without bids, Henry Horton was re-elected governor of Tennessee. The Caldwell Company Bank collapsed soon afterward, leaving the state 6 million dollars in debt. An impeachment attempt against Horton was unsuccessful, but he did not run for an additional term. The affair also ruined the career of Senator Luke Lea.

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