Who Sang Promised Land? James Taylor

James Taylor Walking Man cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1974
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock/Acoustic/Soft Rock
length: 4:05
producer: David Spinozza
piano: Don Grolnick
trumpet: Randy Brecker and Al Rubin
mixer: Harry Maslin
engineer: Harry Maslin
electric guitar: Hugh McCracken and David Spinozza
bass: Andy Muson
background vocals: Carly Simon
organ: Kenny Ascher
trombone: Barry Rogers
tuba: Howard Johnson
alto saxophone: George Young
tenor saxophone: Michael Brecker
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
baritone saxophone: Kenny Berger
Some other versions of "Promised Land"

Lyrics
Left my home in Norfolk, Virginia, California on my mind.
Straddled that Greyhound and rode it into Raleigh and on across Caroline.
We stopped in Charlotte but we bypassed Rockhill, we never was a minute late.
We were ninety miles out of Atlanta by sundown rolling out of Georgia state.
Had some motor trouble that turned into a struggle half way across Alabam.
That hound broke and left us all stranded in downtown Birmingham.
So right away I bought me a through train ticket right across Mississippi clean,
And I was on that Special Flyer out of Birmingham smoking into New Orleans.
Someone's got to help me get out of Louisiana, just to help me get to Houston town.
There's an uncle there who cares a little about me and he won't let the poor boy down.
Sure as you're born, he bought me a silk suit, put some luggage in my hand.
And I woke up high over Albuquerque on a jet to the Promised Land.
Working on a T-Bone steak, a la carte, flying over to the Golden State.
When the pilot told us that in thirteen minutes he would have us at the terminal gate.
Swing down chariot, come down easy, taxi to the terminal dome.
Cut your engines and cool your wings and let me make it to the telephone.
Los Angeles give me Norfolk, Virginia, tidewater four-ten-O-nine.
Tell the folks back home this is the Promised Land calling,
And the poor boy is on the line.

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Walking Man
  • 2 Rock & Roll Is Music Now
  • 3 Let It All Fall Down
  • 4 Me and My Guitar
  • 5 Daddy's Baby
  • 6 Ain't No Song
  • 7 Hello Old Friend
  • 8 Migration
  • 9 Promised Land
  • 10 Fading Away

  • Release information
    label: Warner Bros. Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin