End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys song)

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"End of the Line"
End of the Line Single.JPG
Single by Traveling Wilburys
from the album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
B-side "Congratulations"
Released 23 January 1989 (US)
20 February 1989 (UK)
Format 7" single, 12" single, 3" CD single, Cassette single
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:30
Label Wilbury Records
Songwriter(s) Bob Dylan
Jeff Lynne
Tom Petty
George Harrison
Roy Orbison [1]
Producer(s) Nelson Wilbury, Otis Wilbury
Traveling Wilburys singles chronology
"Handle with Care"
"End of the Line"
"Nobody's Child"
"Handle with Care"
"End of the Line"
"Nobody's Child"
Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 track listing
"Tweeter and the Monkey Man"
"End of the Line"

"End of the Line" is the last track from the 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 who was on tour at the time) as lead singers; George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison sing the choruses 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 No. 63 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The music video for "End of the Line" was filmed after Roy Orbison's death in December 1988. To honor the loss, a shot of a guitar sitting in a rocking chair next to a photo of Orbison was used when his vocals are heard.[2]


The song was used over the end credits of the final episode of the British sitcom One Foot in the Grave and the American comedy Parks and Recreation.

"End of the Line" appeared in the George Harrison-produced cult comedy, Checking Out.

A version sung by Dennis Waterman was used as the theme tune for the pilot of the BBC production, New Tricks. 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 and the Heartbreakers played this song live during their 2008 North American tour.

Harrison was honored in the parody song "No Where Near the End of My Time" by radio on-air personality Bob Rivers.

The song was used on the end credits of the Australian family, comedy film Red Dog: True Blue in 2016.

Track listing[edit]

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



  1. ^ ASCAP entry for song ASCAP, accessed December 12, 2010
  2. ^ WMG music video YouTube. Accessed 19 October 2012

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