The City of New Orleans Song Lyrics

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie Hobo's Lullaby cover art
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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
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

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


  • credits


    publisher: ©AL BUNETTA D/B/A JURISDAD MUSIC
    writers: Ilan Goldhirsh, Steve Goodman
    album: Track 2 in album Hobo's Lullaby
    release date: 1972
    popularity : 51 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