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city of new orleans   Willie Nelson






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Date: 6/15/02; 8:30:07 PM



(G) Ridin on the (D) city of new (G) orleans
(Em) Illinois central, (C) monday morning (G) rail
Fifteen cars and (D) fifteen restless (G) riders
(Em) Three conducters and (D) twenty five sacks of (G) mail

(Em) All along the southbound odessy
(Bm) The train pulls out of Kankakee
 (D) And rolls along the houses, farms and (A) fields
(Em) Passin towns that have no name
(Bm) And freight yards full of old black men
(D) And the graveyards of (D7) the rusted (G) automobiles

(C) Good morning (D7) america how are (G) you
(Em) Say don't you know me, (C) I"m your native (G) son
(D7) I'm the (G) train they call the (D) city of new (Em) orleans
I'll be (A7) gone five hundred (C) miles when the (D) day is (G) done

(G) Dealin cards with the (D) old men in the club (G) car
(Em) Penny a point ain't no (C) one keepin (G) score
Pass the paper (D) bag that holds the (G) bottle
(Em) Feel the wheels (D) grumblin neath the (G) floor

(Em) And the sons of pullman porters
(Bm) And the sons of engineers
(D) Ride their fathers magic carpet made of (A) steel
(Em) Mothers with their babes a sleep
(Bm) A rockin to the gentle beat
(D) And the rythm of the (D7) rail is all they (G) feel

(C) Good morning (D7) america how are (G) you
(Em) Said don't you know me, (C) i'm your native (G) son
(D7) I'm the (G) train they call the (D) city of new (Em) orleans
I'll be (A7) gone five hundred (C) miles when the (D) day is (G) done

(G) Nighttime on the (D) city of new (G) orleans
(Em) Changin cars in (C) memphis (G) tennesse
Halfway home and (D) we'll be there by (G) morning
(Em) Thru the mississippi darkness (D) rollin down to the (G) sea

(Em) And all the towns and people seem
(Bm) To fade into a bad dream
(D) And the steel rail still ain't heard the (A) news
(Em) The conducter sings his song again
(Bm) The passengers will please refrain
(D) This trains got the (D7) disappearin railroad (G) blues

(C) Good morning (D7) america how are (G) you
(Em) Say don't you know me, (C) I'm your native (G) son
(D7) I'm the (G) train they call the (D) city of new (Em) orleans
I'll be (A7) gone five hundred (C) miles when the (D) day is (G) done

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eaglesTE (report)

yeah, i'm pretty sure it was written by arlo guthrie

fredjm091108 (report)

Ref PALEALE comment- the Fm should be F#m

fredjm091108 (report)

ref PALEALE

wlbaye (report)

Another great song by Steve Goodman,covered by many including Arlo Guthrie.

jackseeley (report)

I thought this song was written by Arlo Guthrie.

paleale (report)

I tried playing along to Willie's version that appears on the album "Revolutions of Time - The Journey 1975-1993", and it seems to be in a different key; the key of A I believe. So I think this is how the chords look:

D A D
Riding on the City of New Orleans
Bm G D
Illinois Central Monday morning rail
D A D
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Bm A D
Three conductors and twenty five sacks of mail

Bm Fm
All along the Southbound odyssey the train pulls out of Kenkakee
A E
Rolls along past houses farms and fields
Bm Fm
Passing trains that have no name, and freight yards full of old black men
A A7 D
And graveyards of rusted automobiles

G A7 D Bm
Good morning America, how are ya? Don’t you know me,
G D
I’m your native son
A7 D A Bm Bm7 E
I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans
C Bm A A7 D
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

garth62 (report)

Try an "F maj" chord on the word "gone" in the chorus. It's a nice touch and I think it's supposed to be there.