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Lyrics:

Arlo Guthrie

"City of New Orleans"

*** Get Complimentary City of New Orleans Ringtone
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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

(Chorus)
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
As 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

(Chorus)
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

(Chorus)
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
Hobo's Lullaby:
Artist:                        Arlo Guthrie
Lyricist:              Steve Goodman
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Product details:
Style: Contemporary Folk
Folk-Rock

Tracks:

1.        Anytime  
2.        City of New Orleans  
3.        Lightning Bar Blues  
4.        Shackles and Chains  
5.        1913 Massacre  
6.        Somebody Turned on the Light  
7.        Ukulele Lady  
8.        When the Ship Comes In  
9.        Mapleview (20% Rag)  
10.      Days Are Short  
11.      Hobo's Lullaby  

A typical Arlo Guthrie mix of
contemporary folk songs and with a
little Bob Dylan and dad Woody
Guthrie added for good measure.

Arlo's cover of Dylan's "When the
Ship Comes In" is superb, as is his
slide guitar take on Hoyt Axton's
"Lightning Bar Blues." Also worth
noting are renditions of Woody's sad
ballad, "1913 Massacre,"... More
Axton's "Somebody Turned on the
Light," and Arlo's own "Days Are
Short."

And then there is his definitive cover
of "The City of New Orleans," Steve
Goodman's ode to the vanishing
railroads of middle America. "New
Orleans" was Arlo's only real hit
single, and its "Good morning,
America, how are ya?" chorus echoed
from AM radios throughout the land,
making the song a folk music
standard. ~ Jim Newsom, All Music
Guide