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Dixie Flyer Lyrics

Artist: Randy Newman
Album: Land Of Dreams

I was born right here November '43
My dad was a captain in the army
Fighting the Germans in Sicily.
My poor little momma
Didn't know a soul in L.A.
So we went down to the Union Station and made our getaway.
Got on the Dixie Flyer bound for New Orleans
Across the state of Texas to the land of dreams.
On the Dixie Flyer bound for New Orleans
Back to her friends and her family in the land of dreams.
Her own mother came to meet us at the station,
Her dress as black as a crow in a coal mine
She cried when her little girl got off the train.
Her brothers and her sisters drove down from Jackson, Mississippi
In a great green Hudson driven by a Gentile they knew.
Drinkin' rye whiskey from a flask in the back seat
Tryin' to do like the Gentiles do
Christ, they wanted to be Gentiles, too.
Who wouldn't down there, wouldn't you?
An American Christian, God damn!
On the Dixie Flyer bound for New Orleans
Back to her friends and her family in the land of dreams
On the Dixie Flyer bound for New Orleans
Across the state of Texas to the land of dreams
Across the state of Texas to the land of dreams.

Comments/Interpretations

by charlie on 9/12/2012 6:41am
I love this song I listen over and over to it when I'm working at shoprite every night I sing along
by Jimmy on 12/6/2014 2:23pm
I love this song, and Randy. Newman. But could someone explain the line 'across the state of Texas' ..... I don't think the Dixie Flyer went through Texas.
by Lee on 1/29/2015 1:15pm

A little bit of internet research reveals the following: The Dixie Flyer went from Chicago to Florida traveling through Tennessee and Georgia. The trains from LA to New Orleans were the Sunset Limited and the Argonaut. Those trains did go across Texas.So he was using a bit of artistic license, since the name Dixie Flyer fits the song much better. Great song!
by Jonathan on 3/10/2015 5:37pm
Agreed. A great song written by one of the best song writers America has produced








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