The City of New Orleans

Arlo Guthrie


writers: Ilan Goldhirsh, Steve Goodman
album: Track 2 in album Hobo's Lullaby
release date: 1972
popularity : 5 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk/Ballad
length: 4:35
composer: Steve Goodman
lyricist: Steve Goodman

Album Information

label: Reprise Records
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Arlo Guthrie Hobo's Lullaby cover art


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Riding on the City of New Orleans
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
All along the southbound odyssey
Rolls along past houses, farms and fields
Freight yards full of old black men

Don't you know me I'm your native son
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done
Dealin' cards with the old men in the club car
Won't you pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
And the sons of Pullman porters
Ride their father's magic carpets made of steam
Are rockin' to the gentle beat

Don't you know me I'm your native son
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done
Nighttime on The City of New Orleans
Half way home, we'll be there by morning
Rolling down to the sea
To fade into a bad dream
The conductor sings his song again
This train's got the disappearing railroad blues
Good night, America, how are you?
I'm the train they call The City of New Orleans


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Anytime
  • 2 The City of New Orleans
  • 3 Lightning Bar Blues
  • 4 Shackels 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