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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 and twenty-five sacks of mail.
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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.
full lyrics

Features of This Track

folk roots
bluegrass influences
great lyrics
a subtle use of vocal harmony
mild rhythmic syncopation
extensive vamping
a light swing groove
intricate melodic phrasing
acoustic rhythm piano
thru composed melodic style
acoustic sonority
major key tonality
a dynamic male vocalist
subtle use of the accordion
acoustic rhythm guitars
a mid-tempo swing feel

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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I love city of New Orleans
Such a good beat
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bgmfi is wrong. This was written by Steve Goodman. Woody never heard this song in his lifetime... think about it, the lyrics refer to the decline in passenger trains. That didn't happen within Woody's life.

Goodman was a much better songwriter than either Arlo or Woody. RIP, Steve. (Ashes are buried under home plate in Wrigley Field.).
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I love this,have not heard this in ages...
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I love this,have not heard this in ages...
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bgmfl
I think non of you know what your talking about! Arlo's father, Woody, wrote this GREAT song. We loved Arlo for "Alice's Restraint." Saw Arlo in concert in St Louis 45 years ago.
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So many of the comments posted I agree with...
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Great lyrics.This song takes me back to my early 20s.Thanks Arlo.
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malston1279
At least DAC gave him credit. I knew him as "a friend of mine" until I did a little research and started listening to great songwriters such as John Prine and Willis Allen Ramsy. There's still hope for real music. Check out Sturgill Simpson, Ryan Bingham, and Adam Carroll. Pandora will lead you the rest of the way.
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805.lkhoward 2 4
Great Steve Goodman-writ t e n song; still upset that Guthrie never gave Goodman his due. RIP Steve.
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jt734
This was written and first recorded by Steve Goodman.
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Arlo Guthrie helped a band get started music the name of that band was the plank runners and I want to hear a song if anybody's got it out there please post it it white crosses and another one on it is ifn I die
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I'd lived in Momence, Il & the Kankakee River was right in my back yard. I use to ride The Illinois Central Railroad so hence this song brings back ol' sentimental memories
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This song NEVER gets old. Like a dear old friend . . .
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Sing it brother arlo lot of feeling man luv this song hits to the heart
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I've always loved this song.
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What a song/story ... Takes me on a trip every time '
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I love this song
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Go cubs go ..
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Good morning America how are you? Say don't you know me I'm your native son.
I love Arlo Guthrie and his father's music Woody Guthrie
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alberti507
Steve Goodman's skinny frame sat on the stage at the Philadelphia Folk festival in (i think) 1976. The audience was unaware he was ravaged from lukemia and would die soon. Those who had seen him perform at the festival in previous years assumed he had lost weight. He plays strong and heartfelt reditions of his songs City of New Orleans, Jesse's Jig, Spoon River, Mama Don't Allow It and Irene Goodnight. He stopped to talk to anyone who approached him, always with a big smile and engaged conversat
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lucpell1
an all time favorite!
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I think Neil Young was the first Rocker I knew who used the banjo and it was really good. Buffalo Springfield may have..
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tjrebecca
great steve goodman song, wish cash and/or dylan would of done it...tjr
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Likee
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rayaronson
The best!!!We need high speed rail. Environmenta l l y friendly and reliable.
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Yeah,I've got the Disappearing Railroad Blues...
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george_dovel
Arlo also does a rousing live version of this on a Steve Goodman tribute album (sorry, don't remember the name of the album). Both are wonderful renditions of one of the most beautiful and vital compositions in the entire American songbook. Mr. Goodman, you are missed.
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Years ago I caddied in a pga pro-am for the guy who was my best man when I got married. His group had the CEO of the Illnois Central RR in the group. he said he had just restored this train to its original condition. Very Cool to hear that!!!! Wouldn't it have been cool to know Steve Goodman.
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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.
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And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel.

CHORUS

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 yo
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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
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The City of New Orleans
by Steve Goodman

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.

CHORUS:
Good morning America how are you?
Don't you know me I'm your
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Steve Goodman the writer of this song also wrote 'YOU NEVER EVEN CALL ME BY MY NAME' which was sung by David Allen Coe
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jmyers765
who wrote the song

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