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City Of New Orleans (Oceans Away) video
#1069: YouTube video by rmandrews1964
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Riding on the City of New Orleans,
Illinois Central Monday morning rail,
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders,
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail.
All along the southbound odyssey,
The train pulls out at Kankakee,
Rolls along past houses, farms and fields,
Passin' trains that have no names,
Freight yards full of old black men,
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles.

Good morning America how are you?
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.

Dealin' card games with the
old men in the club car,
Penny a point ain't no one keepin' score,
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle,
Feel the wheels rumblin' 'neath the floor.
And the sons of pullman porters,
And the sons of engineers,
Ride their father's magic carpets made of steel.
Mothers with their babes asleep,
Are rockin' to the gentle beat,
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel.

Good morning America how are you?
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.

Nighttime on the City of New Orleans,
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee,
Half way home, we'll be there by morning,
Through the Mississippi darkness,
Rolling down to the sea.
And all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream,
And the steel rails still ain't heard the news.
The conductor sings his song again,
The passengers will please refrain...
This train's got the disappearing railroad blues.

Good night, America, how are you?
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.

Good morning America how are you?
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.

####.... Steve Goodman [1948-1984] ©1970, 1971 EMI U Catalogue, Inc and Turnpike Tom Music (ASCAP) ....####

From the Steve Goodman Preservation Society - In 1970, Steve wrote a song which would eventually be called by many people the best train song ever written. Steve pitched the song to Arlo Guthrie, and in 1972, Arlo included the song on his album Hobo's Lullaby. It was then released as a single and became a big-time hit record. Steve always thanked Arlo for recording the song, and for making it possible for Steve to do what he loved - playing music for a living.

ABC News' morning show, Good Morning America, which started in the mid-70's, took its name and its original theme from the chorus of City of New Orleans.

The video above features an excellent cover performance by Rick and Roger Andrews of Ocean's Away from St John's and Winterton, Trinity Bay, NL.

See more songs by Oceans Away.

From Wikipedia:
City of New Orleans - nightly passenger train operated by Amtrak which travels 926 miles (1,490 km) between Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. Before Amtrak's formation in 1971, the train was operated by the Illinois Central Railroad along the same route (though changes have been made since then). The train currently operates on a 19-1/2 hour schedule. Within Illinois the City of New Orleans shares a route also served by a daily morning train, the Saluki, and a daily afternoon train, the Illini. The Illini and Saluki terminate at Carbondale, Illinois.


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