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Tolono

By Utah Phillips (on the album "Good Though!")

I headed for Tolono on the Wabash Cannonball,
Norfolk and Western all the way.
St. Louis down the line,
Detroit somewhere behind,
I thought I heard that old conductor say,

No round-trip ticket, you're on the final run,
This Cannonball is never coming back.
Tomorrow she'll just be
another memory
And an echo down a rusty railroad track.

I got off at Tolono, just below Champaign,
A flag stop on the edge of yesterday.
The whistle blew a song,
I whispered so long,
And waved my hand and slowly walked away.

No round-trip ticket, you're on the final run
This Cannonball is never coming back.
Tomorrow she'll just be
another memory
And an echo down a rusty railroad track.

I think about tomorrow and wonder why it is
We give up all the things we love the most.
Goodbye you old hog,
I'll have to ride the dog
Until they build a subway coast to coast.

No round-trip ticket, you're on the final run
This Cannonball is never coming back.
Tomorrow she'll just be
another memory
And an echo down a rusty railroad track.



© Copyright 2004 Dan Brekke.
Last update: 6/30/04; 11:36:07 PM.

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