City of New Orleans (song)
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|"City of New Orleans"|
|Single by Steve Goodman|
|from the album Steve Goodman|
"City of New Orleans" is a folk song written by Steve Goodman (and first recorded for Goodman's self-titled 1971 album), describing a train ride from Chicago to New Orleans on the Illinois Central Railroad's City of New Orleans in bittersweet and nostalgic terms. Goodman got the idea while traveling on the Illinois Central line for a visit to his wife's family. He performed the song for Arlo Guthrie in the Quiet Knight, a bar in Chicago, and Guthrie agreed to add it to his repertoire. The song was a hit for Guthrie on his 1972 album Hobo's Lullaby, and is now more closely associated with him, although Goodman performed it until his death in 1984. The song has also been covered by Willie Nelson, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Hank Snow, and others.
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Willie Nelson version
|"City of New Orleans"|
|Single by Willie Nelson|
|from the album City of New Orleans|
|Willie Nelson singles chronology|
Steve Goodman won a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Country Song at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985 for Willie Nelson's version, which was included on his 1984 album of the same name. It reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in the United States and the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.
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"If You're Gonna Play in Texas
(You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)"
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
November 3, 1984
"I've Been Around Enough to Know"
by John Schneider
|RPM Country Tracks
November 10, 1984
Johnny Cash, with June Carter Cash, included a cover on the 1973 album Johnny Cash and His Woman. Sammi Smith performed the song on the January 1, 1973 episode of Hee Haw. Judy Collins included a version on her 1975 album Judith.
Arlo Guthrie has also recorded a polka version. In September 2005, Jimmy Buffett performed the song at Wrigley Field as a tribute to Hurricane Katrina victims. It was the first concert at Wrigley not tied to a baseball game. In October 2006, guitarist John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed the song during the band's set at the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans. Allen Toussaint covered this song in his 2010 tour, notably at the Festival international d’été de Québec in Quebec City.
Foreign language versions
In 1972, Joe Dassin recorded a French version, "Salut les Amoureux", re-using the melody but changing the lyrics completely. Dassin sings the last line of the chorus a fourth lower than the original on a conventional IV-V-I chord progression. Roch Voisine recorded an English/French version which appears his album Americana.
Dutch singer Gerard Cox recorded a version with summer-themed lyrics under the title "′t Is weer voorbij, die mooie zomer." He had a number-one hit in 1973 in his home country. His compatriot Rudi Carrell had a hit in Germany with a similarly themed German version Wann wird's mal wieder richtig Sommer? in 1975. Yoram Gaon recorded a Hebrew version in the seventies called "Hello Wonderful Country". The lyrics, written by Ilan Goldaers, describe the beauty of Israel.
Juha Vainio wrote Finnish lyrics under the title "Hyvää huomenta Suomi" ("Good morning Finland"), which was a domestic hit for the band Karma in 1976 and Matti Esko in 1989. Norwegian folk singer Øystein Sunde recorded a version, entitled "Liten Og Grønn" ("Tiny And Green") for his 1981 album Barkebille Boogie.
Wilfred Genee & Johan Derksen recorded a Dutch version in 2012, "Nederland Is Helemaal Oranje" ("The Netherlands Is Completely Orange"). This song is about the Netherlands national football team and the Dutch fans and was recorded specially for UEFA Euro 2012. Actually the Dutch cover sung by Gerard Cox was their inspiration, not the original English version.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 245.
- Original lyrics
- Arlo Guthrie cover lyric version
- Classic Tracks: Arlo Guthrie's "City of New Orleans"