Song Lyric Sunday

Happy Song Lyric Sunday blogger’s.  The weekends fly by as they always do and today’s just about the last day of September.  Today also is the husband’s Bday…Happy Birthday Husband.  Sorry I digress…back to Song Lyric Sunday.  This week’s theme is  “Train Songs.”

This is a great one since I come from a long line of railroader’s (is that even a word 😉 )  My dad had a career with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in Chicago where he retired from, RIP.  I worked for the railroad in Chicago for the  ICG’s electric line in Randolph Street Station (under the Prudential Building) before my days of a SAHM 🙂 .  I was an Administrative Assistant to the Chief of the Electrical Engineer.  Best boss I ever had, again RIP !!!!

This was the first song I thought of when I saw the prompt.  When me and the husband were dating and he was in college at Northwestern University in Evanston we saw Steve Goodman live in concert (gone too soon).  This is a song he wrote.  I remember my dad singing this song too.  Always loved to listen to dad when he sang ❤ .

 

The City of New Orleans
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’ cards with the old men in the club car
Penny a point ain’t no one keepin’ score
Won’t you 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 steam
Mothers with their babes asleep
Are rockin’ to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they dream
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
Source: LyricFind
A bit of trivia, Arlo Guthrie did not write this song and if you listen to the video you’ll hear Steve Goodman making that comment 😉 …  Have a great week blogger’s…Blessings and I hope you enjoyed the song ❤  Love Ya’ll ❤

7 Comments on “Song Lyric Sunday

  1. It has been part of my life too. My grandfather was behind the ticket counter in Canton.Ms. and I remember him tic-tic- ticking away on the morse code machine . Good times watching the city of New Orleans and the Panama Limited roll through .

  2. I knew that this song was by Steve Goodman, but this is the first time that I ever heard him sing it. His version is great thanks for adding it Scarlett.

  3. The late ’60’s and early ’70’s were a great time for folk music in Chicago, weren’t they? Steve Goodman, John Prine, Bonnie Koloc, Jim Post, Bob Gibson etc. etc. Do you remember a Chicago-area band named Wilderness Road? When I was in high school, Steve appeared with them at New Trier West, my alma mater (about ’72). I also saw him at Amazingrace when he was playing with Martin, Bogan and Armstrong, Jethro Burns, and Bryan Bowers (who played a Russian instrument called a bandura). That was an incredible night…

    • That’s just a little bit before my time, Mr. John. I’m sure the husband would recognize that. I’ll have to ask him. Hope all is well my Chicago connection friend & Blogger. Blessings. I’m on a road trip soon as our Connie (Connor) is marrying his Juliet ❤ So excited ❤ Thanks for stopping by 😉

    • Nope it was Steve Goodman one of Chicago’s own. Most people think that so you’re not alone 🍂🍁🍂. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings to you this Sunday 🍁🍂🍁

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