End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys song)
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|"End of the Line"|
|Single by Traveling Wilburys|
|from the album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1|
|Released||23 January 1989|
|Format||7" single, 12" single, 3" CD single, Cassette single|
Roy Orbison 
|Producer||Nelson Wilbury, Otis Wilbury|
|Traveling Wilburys singles chronology|
"End of the Line" is the last track from Traveling Wilburys' first album, Volume 1, released in 1989. Its riding-on-the-rails rhythm suggests its theme and the on-the-move nature of the group. It features all the Wilburys, except Bob Dylan, as lead singers; George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison sing the chorus in turn, while Tom Petty sings the verses. The song then expands into a "freight train" rhythm to underscore its theme.
It was released as the second single from the album, eventually peaking at number 63 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
A music video for the single was made, directed by Willy Smax; however, this was released after Roy Orbison's death, and so during his vocals a guitar resting on a rocking chair is shown, slowly rocking back and forth next to a crate with a close-up of a framed photograph of him.
The song was used over the end credits of the final episode of the British sitcom One Foot in the Grave as well as the George Harrison-produced cult comedy, Checking Out. A version sung by Dennis Waterman was used as the theme tune for the pilot of another BBC production, New Tricks, although this was soon replaced by a similar-sounding song, "It's All Right", by Mike Moran, which is easily mistaken for "End of the Line". The song has also been included in TV spots for the 2004 film The Terminal, as well as the trailer for the 2007 hit comedy Knocked Up.
Tom Petty played this song live during his 2008 U.S. tour.
Track listing 
- 7" single, Cassette single
- A "End of the Line" (LP Version) – 3:30
- B "Congratulations" (LP Version) – 3:30
- 12" single, 3" CD single
- A "End of the Line" (Extended Version) – 5:34
- B "Congratulations" (LP Version) – 3:29