Since I spent seven hours on Amtrak today, it seems only fitting for today's choice to be one of the best songs about trains ever written, Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans." Goodman famously played it for Arlo Guthrie after the latter had played a set in a club in Chicago in the late 1960s. As Arlo tells the story, Goodman asked if he could play Arlo a song. Arlo said, "I don't wanna hear no songs. I hate songs. I don't even like my own songs, what do I wanna hear your song for?" He figured it was just some guy who thought he wrote the Cosmic Universal Anthem Song-of-the-Month Club song. But Arlo finally offered Goodman a deal: "You buy me a beer. I'll sit here and drink it. For as long as it lasts, you can play whatever you want." Goodman took the deal, and played "City of New Orleans" for him. That night started up a strong friendship between the two of them, which also proved lucrative, as Arlo covered "City" and it was a hit (to the point that most people think of it as one of Arlo's songs).
Anyhow, here's Arlo's cover of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans."
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: "Aqualung" by Ian Anderson w/orchestra