City of New Orleans (live) Lyrics

Johnny Cash


album: Track in album Johnny Cash
release date: 2009-5-25
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length: 3:33

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Ridin' on the City of New Orleans
Illinois Central, Monday mornin' rail
15 cars and 15 restless riders
Three conductors, 25 sacks of mail

All along the southbound odyssey the train pulls out of Kankakee
Rolls along past houses, farms & fields
Passin' graves that have no name, freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of rusted automobiles

[Chorus]
Good mornin' 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 500 miles when the day is done

Dealin' cards 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
And feel the wheels grumblin' neath the floor

And the sons of Pullman porters & the sons of engineers
Ride their fathers' magic carpet made of steel
Mothers with their babes asleep, rockin' to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

[Chorus]

Night time on the City of New Orleans
Changin' cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Halfway home, we'll be there by mornin'
Through the Mississippi darkness rollin' down to the sea

But all the towns & people seem to fade into a bad dream
And the steel rail still ain't heard the news
The conductor sings his song again
"The passengers will please refrain,
This train has got the disappearin' railroad blues

[Chorus]


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Rock Island Line
  • 2 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
  • 3 Country Boy
  • 4 If the Good Lord's Willing
  • 5 Cry Cry Cry
  • 6 Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)
  • 7 So Doggone Lonesome
  • 8 I Was There When It Happened
  • 9 I Walk the Line
  • 10 Wreck of the Old '97
  • 11 Folsom Prison Blues
  • 12 Oh What a Dream
  • 13 A Boy Named Sue (live)
  • 14 City of New Orleans (live)
  • 15 These Hands (live)
    CD 2
  • 1 Ballad of a Teenage Queen
  • 2 Get Rhythm
  • 3 There You Go
  • 4 Train of Love
  • 5 Next in Line
  • 6 Don't Make It Go
  • 7 Home of the Blues
  • 8 Give My Love to Rose
  • 9 Doin' My Time
  • 10 Guess Things Happen That Way
  • 11 The Ways of a Woman in Love
  • 12 Orange Blossom Special (live)
  • 13 The Highwayman (live)
  • 14 Ring of Fire (live)
    CD 3
  • 1 Big River
  • 2 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
  • 3 You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven
  • 4 Come in Stranger
  • 5 All Over Again
  • 6 What Do I Care
  • 7 Don't Take Your Guns to Town
  • 8 I Still Miss Someone
  • 9 It's Just About Time
  • 10 I Just Thought You'd Like to Know
  • 11 Pickin' Time
  • 12 Hey Porter
  • 13 Sixteen Tons (live)
  • 14 Casey Jones (live)
    CD 4
  • 1 Folsom Prison Blues (live)
  • 2 Peace in the Valley (live)
  • 3 Rock Island Line (live)
  • 4 The Wall (live)
  • 5 I Still Miss Someone (live)
  • 6 Sunday Morning Coming Down (live)
  • 7 Big River (live)
  • 8 I Got Stripes (live)
  • 9 Get Rhythm (live)
  • 10 Why Me Lord (live)
  • 11 Long Black Veil (live)
  • 12 Jackson (live)
  • 13 If I Were a Carpenter (live)
    CD 5
  • 1 There You Go (live TV)
  • 2 I Got a Woman (live TV)
  • 3 Hey Porter (live TV)
  • 4 Goodbye Little Darling Goodbye (live TV)
  • 5 Bandana (live TV)
  • 6 Ballad of the Harp Weaver (live TV)
  • 7 Luther Played the Boogie (live TV)
  • 8 Pickin' Time (live TV)
  • 9 Cry Cry Cry (live TV)
  • 10 Ballad of Ira Hayes (live TV)
  • 11 Five Feet High and Rising (live TV)
  • 12 Big River (live TV)
  • 13 I Got Stripes (live TV)
  • 14 Get Rhythm (live TV)