There's a grain elevator and eighty feet of track
Where the trains don't run anymore.
The town is Oakesdale, Washington --
Where there's now just a narrow alley
The railroad gave the townsfolk some pieces of their land
The Palouse hills still produce the same amount of wheat --
What's required is a combination of fertile soil
Here in the Palouse we have "winter wheat,"
When the snow is gone and the spring rains come
It's hard to imagine enough volcanic ash
But that is what geologists have to say --
Now all the grain is shipped in covered hoppers --
All the UP branch lines have bitten the dust --
by D. Edgar Murray 03/08/2001.