Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Music to remember New Orleans by, part 4

"The City of New Orleans" by Steve Goodman from the album Artistic Hair.

Written in 1970, this song helped save many smaller rail lines. It beautifully captures the rhythm of a rail ride. It's slow, melancholy, and driving. At the end, you feel like you've gotten somewhere.

Lindsay is right that it's not just one of the great train songs (a major category on its own), but also one of the great songs about America.

Arlo Guthrie made it famous.

"The City of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie from the album The Best of Arlo Guthrie (1977, 4:31).

I think "My Land is a Good Land" by Pete Seeger from the album God Bless The Grass may be the best song about America. Compare the Seeger version to the Phil Ochs original. It's an interesting contrast.

Read parts 1, 2 and 3.

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