Who Sang City of New Orleans? Judy Collins

Judy Collins Judith cover art

Some other versions of "City of New Orleans"
Credits
publisher: ©AL BUNETTA D/B/A JURISDAD MUSIC
writers: Ilan Goldhirsh, Steve Goodman
release date: 1975
genres: Rock Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Ballad/Blues Rock/Folk/Soft Rock
length: 4:14
producer: Arif Mardin
conductor: Arif Mardin
recording engineer: Phil Ramone
arranger: Arif Mardin
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.

[Chorus]
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.

Dealin' cards with the old men in the club car.
Penny a point ain't no one keepin' score.
Won't you pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumblin' 'neath the floor.
And the sons of Pullman porters
And the sons of engineers
Ride their father's magic carpets made of steam.
Mothers with their babes asleep,
Are rockin' to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they dream.

[Chorus]

Nighttime on The City of New Orleans,
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee.
Half way home, we'll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness
Rolling down to the sea.
And all the towns and people seem
To fade into a bad dream
And the steel rails still ain't heard the news.
The conductor sings his song again,
The passengers will please refrain
This train's got the disappearing railroad blues.

Good night, 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.



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  • 2 Angel, Spread Your Wings
  • 3 Houses
  • 4 The Lovin' of the Game
  • 5 Song for Duke
  • 6 Send in the Clowns
  • 7 Salt of the Earth
  • 8 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
  • 9 City of New Orleans
  • 10 I'll Be Seeing You
  • 11 Pirate Ships
  • 12 Born to the Breed

  • Album Information
    label: Elektra
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin