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En 1971, le chanteur américain Steve Goodman (1948-1984) écrit une chanson intitulée City of New Orleans qui sera reprise l'année suivante en français par Joe Dassin sous le titre Salut les amoureux. Ce sont les paroles de la version originale qui sont reproduites ci-dessous :

 

 

Riding on the City of New Orleans

Illinois Central Monday morning rail

Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders

Three conductors and twenty five sacks of mail.

All along the southbound odyssey

The train pulls out at Kankakee

Rolls along past houses, farms and fields,

Passing trains that have no names

Freight yards full of old black men

And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles.

 

 

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' card games with the old men in the club car

Penny a point ain't no one keepin' score

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 steel

Mothers with their babes asleep

Are rockin' to the gentle beat

And the rythm of the rail is all they feel.

 

 

Night time in the City of New Orleans

Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee

Half way home we'll be there by morning

Through the Mississippi darkness

Rolling down to the sea.

And all the towns and people seen

To fade into a bad dream

And the steel rails still ain't heard the news

The conductor sings his song again

The passengers will please refrain

The train's got the disappearing railroad blues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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