No Roundtrip Ticket
Starlight on the Rails
Banjo tuned E, Capo2, Key E
No Roundtrip Ticket Last half of Wabash Cannonball track
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
This Cannonball is never coming back
Tomorrow she'll be just another memory,
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,"
Waved my hand and slowly walked away.
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.
Copyright ï¿½1973, 2000 Bruce Phillips