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I left my home in Norfolk Virginia,
California on my mind
Straddled that Greyhound,
it rode me past Raleigh
and on across Caroline.

Stopped in Charlotte, bypassed Rock Hill
and we never was a minute late
We was ninety miles out of Atlanta by sundown
rolling cross the Georgia State

Had motor troube and it turned into a struggle
half way across alabam
the hound broke down and left us all stranded
in downtown Birmingham

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Straight off bought me a through train ticket
right across Mississippi clean
And I was on that midnight flyer out of Birmingham
Smoking into New Orleans

Somebody help me get out of Louisiana
Help me get to Houston Town
People are there that care a thing about me
and won't let the poor boy down

Sure as she bore me, she bought me a silk suit
and put money in my hand
And I woke up high over Albuquerque
on a jet to the promisted land

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Working on a T-bone stake a-la-carte
Flying over to the Golden state
When the pilot said in thirteen minutes
we'd be headed to the terminal gate

Swing low, sweet chariot come down easy
taxi to the terminal zone
cut your engines, cool your wings
and let me make it to the telephone

Los Angeles, give me Norfolk, Virginia
Tidewater four ten-oh-nine
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land calling
and the poor boy is on the line