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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2014
Very evocative of the decline of American passenger trains. A folksong for the 1970's in the same way his father captured the 30's and 40's.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is one of my favorite songs, period. It's hard to explain this song to people, when alot of people hear it, they jsut think it's a simple song, about trains. Which there are alot of songs about trains, until you hear it on one, sitting with your head pressed against the glass looking out across the world as you pull past it on the rails, the gentle sway of the train, looking out across the lights from inside a darkened rail car. That is when you can really understand this song. I think it something most people will miss I suppose, as rai lis a dying form of travel. It's worth a trip just to understand this song, seriously. I advocate buying a train ticket, just to understand this song. You'll be reminded of your trip, everytime the song comes on. So the ticket pays for itself over time. I take a nice little three minute vacation in my head every time I hear this song.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Arlo Guthrie here delivers a classic cover of Steve Goodman's classic song. "Don't you know me? I'm your native son," Goodman wrote, personifying the railroad, and Guthrie sings it with all the sad conviction of one who understands that no, they are no longer known, they are no longer recognized, even as a son. "This train's got the disappearing-railroad blues," Guthrie sings, and we can feel his wistful remorse, we understand that his time is done, and we sympathize that he knows it too. The gentle 4/4 rhythm and the sparse, tasteful acoustic-guitar fills over gospel-inflected harmonies all signify a reverence for an age that was once great but is now near-gone. When the world runs out of oil, will anyone write or record such a great song lamenting the loss of our interstate highways and their interchanges?
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on July 10, 2014
One of the most remembered songs of all time. Classic.
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on May 31, 2014
Nice and easy to listen to this tune. Love this original version where it's just the story and the tune.
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on April 3, 2014
Nothing beats the original, no matter what any one says! Times and trends and music will change, but my musical memory doesnt ever want to!
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on October 25, 2013
Best rendition of this great song! Even though Arlo sings trains with no name rather than towns, what a singer !
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on October 14, 2013
like the storytelling theme to the song, window in to the past glory of thing gone by again luv it
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on September 15, 2013
Great music from yesteryear. The original version is the best, I think. I don't know why I didn't buy this long ago. Been singin' it for years.
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on September 10, 2013
This is a great song. Well written by Steve Goodman and masterfully performed by Arlo Guthrie. I highly recommend it.
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