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City of New Orleans Lyrics

Artist: John Denver
Album: All Aboard

This song appears on three albums, and was first released on the Poems, Prayers and Promises album, is also available on The Country Roads Collection album and has also been rerecorded on All Aboard! album.


Riding on the City of New Orleans
Illinios Central, Monday morning rail
15 cars and 15 restless riders
3 conductors and 25 sacks of mail
All along a southbound odyssey
The train pulls out of Kankakee
Rolls along past houses, farms and fields
Passing trains that have no name
Freight yards full of old black men
The graveyards of the rusted automobiles

Singing good morning America, how are you?
Saying, don't you know me Im your native son?
Im the train they call the City of New Orleans
I'll be gone 500 miles when the day is done

Dealing cards with the old men in the club car
Penny a point, aint no one keeping score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels a rumbling neath the floor

And the sons of Pullman porters
And the sons of engineers
Ride their fathers magic carpet made of steel
And mothers with their babes asleep
Rockin to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel
Singing good morning America, how are you?
Saying dont you know me, I'm your native son?
Im the train they call the City of New Orleans
Ill be gone 500 miles when the day is done

Nighttime on the City of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Halfway home and well 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 rails still aint heard the news
The conductor sings his song again
The passengers will please refrain
This train has got the disappearing railroad blues

Singing good morning America, how are you?
Saying dont you know me, I'm your native son?
Im the train they call the City of New Orleans
Ill be gone 500 miles when the day is done

Words and Music by Steve Goodman
Comments/Interpretations
by wvrev on 5/22/2010 3:13am
This song was not on the Poems, Prayers and Promises album.
by kayla on 4/18/2011 7:45pm
i love john denver his wounderful things he said made me happy leving on a jet plane sad story.
by EAGLE-WOLF on 4/22/2011 11:30pm
wvrev is right, this song is NOT on "Poems, Prayers, And Promises". It is on the next album John released called "Aerie".
by Josh miller on 6/22/2011 3:40pm
If you listen to any of the mentioned cd, the lyrics won't look the same


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