Tuesday, August 30, 2005

But It's Twilight on the City of New Orleans

But it's twilight on the city of New Orleans,
talk about a pocket full of friends.
Halfway home and we'll be there by morning.
With no tomorrow waiting 'round the bend.

Singing good night, America, I love you.
Saying, 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

City of New Orleans by Steven Goodman

People are dying, people are stranded and people are looting. The Governor has asked everyone to evacuate the city. The city that so many have loved, lived in, visited and written about is drowning. The city that has inspired some of America's greatest literature, music and dance is no more. The city which preserved it's history has no future.

I am heartsick and the only thing I have lost is memories. The people of New Orleans have lost everything.


Julie said...

I too am heartsick over lost memories as well as everything else. Before we were married my husband and I took a trip to New Orleans. It was a turning point in our relationship (wow, we travel well together!). And oh! the food! the music! the architecture! We hoped to have a second honeymoon there some day.

indj said...

a beautiful ode to a wonderous city --- i popped in the willie nelson version of the song the day after the hurricane hit.