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Arlo Guthrie's, "City Of New Orleans"
The Lyrics:
Nighttime on the City Of New Orleans,
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee.
Halfway home, and we'll be there by morning,
Through the Mississippi darkness, rolling down to the sea.
Again refers to the title train, "the City Of New Orleans", which I explained in a previous post. Then refers to the city of Memphis, Tennessee. From Memphis southward, most of the train's route is lengthwise through the state of Mississippi. So the Mississippi reference is probably mainly to that. But since a good part of the route is close to the river of the same name, the author could well have had the Mississippi River and its valley in mind as well.
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Arlo Guthrie's, "City Of New Orleans"
The Lyrics:
Riding on the City Of New Orleans.
Illinois Central Monday morning rail.
Sixteen cars and sixteen restless riders,
Two conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail.
All along the southbound oddysey, the train pulls out at Kankakee,
Although the names of the city of New Orleans, in Louisiana and of the U.S. state of Illinois can be found here, these can be said to be only indirect references to those places. That's because the City Of New Orleans is in this case the name of a train. It travels between Chicago and New Orleans and is named for its southbound destination. And Illinois Central is the name of the rail line that it travels on, a line by no means confined to Illinois for the matter. So Kankakee, Illinois, a city some 60 miles south of Chicago, is the one place here that we can say is referred to directly.
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Arlo Guthrie's, "City Of New Orleans"
The Lyrics:
Singing, "Good morning, America, how are you?"
"America" refers to the U.S.A..
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Arlo Guthrie's, "Coming into Los Angeles"
The Lyrics:
Coming into Los Angeles
Bringing in a couple of keys
Don't touch my bags if you please
Mister Customs Man
Los Angeles...also mentions London and Mexico...
Submitted by: Carolyn

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