Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The City of New Orleans

(Song begins at 2:20)
Erika and Sam of HelveticaUkes:
Bob and Hector of Bertosvids:

By Steve Goodman (Sircoughsalot sent me his version, which I hadn't heard before recording, and it's great.)
Rise Up Singing chapter: Traveling, p.230

C G C - / Am F C - / - G C - / Am G C -
Riding on the City of New Orleans
Illinois central, Monday morning rail
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three conductors, twenty-five sacks of mail

Am - Em - / G - D - / Am - Em - / G - C -
All along the southbound oddyssy the train pulls out of Kankakee
Rolls along past houses, farms and fields
Passing towns that have no name, freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of rusted automobiles

F G C - / Am F C CG / C G Am D / BbF G C -
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

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