Saturday, October 18, 2008

The City of New Orleans

















The City of New Orleans
Steve Goodman
performed by Arlo Guthrie


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?
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

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?
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

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 disappearin' railroad blues

Good night, 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

5 Comments:

Blogger GC (God's Child) said...

that song got a lot of airtime in the 90s for some reason

8:12 AM  
Blogger Willowtree said...

Hey Frank, how are you doing?

11:52 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Hi Willowtree, I'm doing OK; a little tired from work and all, but otherwise pretty well. I'm about 60% throught the thesis, although that's been kinda slow lately. I've given myself through the Spring to finally be done with it! How are things with you?

10:51 PM  
Blogger Willowtree said...

I'm ok Frank, still trying to find a way to change fatigue into money, no luck as yet, but otherwise I'm doing ok! Are you going to the inauguration?

7:38 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Fatigue into money, hmmm... How about Sleep Studies, at the research hospitals? I pass by one of these Sleep Centers when I visit a hospital in Denver from time to time.

No, unfortunately I won't be at the inauguration, but I was at Obama's speech here in Denver right before the election. Couldn't see him, but I did hear him. It was the largest Obama rally so far.

Although he didn't invite me to the inauguration, if nominated for a Cabinet position, I will serve in the Obama Administration (hee hee hee!!)

10:27 AM  

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