While this song isn’t about a trailer, it is about a train – close enough! We love Arlo Guthrie – he is my husband’s namesake, after all – and this is one of his most popular songs. While it was written by Steve Goodman, this song became a hit for Arlo on his 1972 album Hobo’s Lullaby. We mostly listened to mixes made of hit singles from 1972 while we worked on the Shasta, but we also listened to some whole albums. Hobo’s Lullaby (along with David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Lou Reed’s Transformer, and Elton John’s Honkey Chateau) was one of our favorites from that year.
We’d get up early to work on the trailer before the heat got too bad, and this was always a good start to the day – “Good morning America, how are you?” Here’s Arlo Guthrie in a snazzy jacket, performing this song live in 1974.