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The city of New Orleans – Willie Nelson

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City of New Orleans is a popular song written by Steve Goodman, describing a train trip from Chicago to New Orleans via the Illinois Central Railroad in bittersweet and nostalgic terms. Goodman got the idea while traveling in the train of the same name for a family visit to his wife. He performed the song for Arlo Guthrie in the Quiet Knight, a bar in Chicago, and Guthrie agreed to add to his repertoire. The song was a success for Guthrie on his album Hobo Lullaby 1972 and is now more closely associated with him, but Goodman made until his death in 1984. The song was also covered by Willie Nelson, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Hank Snow, and others. Willie Nelson version of Steve Goodman won a Grammy posthumously for Best Country Song in 1984 for the version of Willie Nelson, who was included on his 1984 album of the same name. It reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot two singles in the country [the United States and the RPM Country Loved maps of Canada. The city of New Orleans – Lyrics Ridin ‘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 odyssey to Southern “The train moves at Kankakee And rolls in front of houses, farms and fields Passin trains, which have no names and freight yards full of old black men and the graveyards of rusted automobiles Good Morning America, how are you? Say you know me, I
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