Wolves, oh wolves, oh can't you see? Ain't no wolf can sing like me
And if it could then I suppose
She belongs in Idaho
Packs of dogs and cigarettes
For those who ain't done packing yet
My clothes are packed and I want to go Idaho, oh, Idaho
We waded through the marketplace-someone's ship had come in There was silver and begonias-dynamite and cattle
There were hearts as big as apples and apples in the shape of Mary's heart
I said inside this gilded cage a songbird always looks so plain
It's my home-last night I dreamt that I grew wings I found a place where they could hear me when I sing.
Another iconic song...imo. Arlo Guthrie - City of New Orleans
A train song, for an America that no longer exists. Passenger trains have declined, as have all the wonderful fun amenities of travel we used to enjoy from leg room and free peanuts and ginger ale (plus wing pins) on airlines to dining cars with real food and passenger trains to every town in America...almost.
The lyrics paint an image of a bygone era.
Good morning America how are you?
Don't you know me I'm your native son
I'm the train they call The City of New Orleans
I'll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done
Dealin' cards with the old men in the club car
Penny a point ain't no one keepin' score
Won't you pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumblin' 'neath the floor
And the sons of Pullman porters
And the sons of engineers
Ride their father's magic carpets made of steam
Mothers with their babes asleep
Are rockin' to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they dream
Trains were the soul of America, they bound the east and west coast, creating towns along the way. Today, many towns in WV that were built around the railroad, are disintegrating, and you can see once proud architecture crumbling, high unemployment, depopulation, drug addiction.
Gordan Lightfoot - The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald.
Another favorite of mine (Gordan Lightfoot) - this song is based on actual history.
My father, who grew up in PA, a state that borders Lake Erie, had an old book of stories of the Great Lakes. They are infamous for gales and serious weather, and in the storm that sank the Edmond Fitzgerald, the waves were over 25 feet. They are often referred to as inland seas due to their size and weather, and Superior is the second largest lake in the world (the Caspian Sea being the largest) and 10th deepest. The Edmond Fitzgerald was an American freighter, that sank in 1975.
For 17 years, Edmund Fitzgerald carried taconiteiron ore from mines near Duluth, Minnesota, to iron works in Detroit, Toledo, and other Great Lakes ports. As a workhorse, she set seasonal haul records six times, often breaking her own previous record. Captain Peter Pulcer was known for piping music day or night over the ship's intercom while passing through the St. Clair and Detroit rivers (between lakes Huron and Erie), and entertaining spectators at the Soo Locks (between Lakes Superior and Huron) with a running commentary about the ship. Her size, record-breaking performance, and "DJ captain" endeared Edmund Fitzgerald to boat watchers.