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Arlo Guthrie – The City Of New Orleans lyrics

Riding on the City Of New Orleans
Illinois Central, Monday morning rail
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three Conductors; twenty-five sacks of mail
All along the southbound odyssey - the train pulls out of Kankakee
And rolls along past houses, farms, and fields
Passing trains that have no name, and freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of the rusted automobile

Good morning, America, how are you?
Say, don't you know me? I'm your native son
I'm the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Dealing card games with the old man in the Club Car
Penny a point - ain't no one keeping score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumbling 'neath the floor
And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of Engineers
Ride their father's magic carpets made of steel
And, mothers with their babes asleep rocking to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

Good morning, America, how are you?
Say, don't you know me? I'm your native son
I'm the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Night time on the City Of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis Tennessee
Halfway home - we'll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness, rolling down to the sea
But, all the towns and people seem to fade into a bad dream
And the steel rail still ain't heard the news
The conductor sings his songs again - the passengers will please refrain
This train got the disappearing railroad blues

Good night, America, how are ya?
Said, don't you know me? I'm your native son
I'm the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done



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    This song is very poignant to me and I first fell in love with it around 1973 I was a freshman in high school so it always takes me back to that time. It is about change and loss, and mourning time, which is why it speaks to my heart.
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    I was singing this song when I was old enough to speak. I grew up listening to blues and folk music like this. My mother also knew Arlo and a handful of other musicians of her time who studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music where she went to school in Chicago, Illinois. Hence, I feel the need to clarify that Arlo he did not write the lyrics to this song. The songwriter and musician, Steve Goodman, who died in November of 1984 of Leukemia (my mother remembers this vividly because she was four months pregnant with me), actually wrote the song, and Arlo first performed and made the song famous. When Steve Goodman began to make a name for himself, he sang his own song.
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