Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

I’ll Be Gone 500 Miles When The Day Is Done


It ain’t no metaphor, son; song’s about a train.


  1. JES

    1. I done rode that train! (It’s VERY evocative!)

    2. I never done heard this version of the song! (It’s VERY good!) (And as much as I love Arlo, it’s objectively kind of a shame that his version is the most famous one . . . . )

  2. Buck Mulligan

    Somewhere I heard the story that Steve Goodman approached Arlo with the song in a bar. Big rockstar Arlo told Steve you can buy me a beer and play whatever you want as long as the beer lasts. Man I love Steve Goodman

    • Chris

      Steve said, “Arlo, I want to play you a song.” And Arlo said, “Song? I hate songs! Everybody’s got their song of the month club song.”

  3. chef1lizard

    No one knew who Jerry Reed was until Smokey and the Bandit. Damn good guitar player he was. Maybe even as good as Glenn Campbell.

  4. JES

    “Amos Moses” and “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” were darn near ubiquitous on radio around my South Carolina home in pre-“Smokey” days, so I knew who he was, and could still probably deliver accurate a capela versions of those two demented songs from deeply-imprinted memory. But I had no idea he could play guitar like that, or like some other clips I’ve seen since watching that . . . Holy Moly!

  5. Markofsteel

    Both Jerry Reed and Glen Campbell were fantastic guitarists with hundreds of anonymous studio dates to their (un)credits. Anyone attending their live shows hoping to hear blazing solos was liable to be disappointed (at least I was. Lots of hot stuff on YouTube, though.

  6. Luther Von Baconson

    Good guy to have at a Banquet or TeeVee Special Guest

  7. Spyguy

    I miss you

    • Dawn Judd

      me too.

      • wabisabied

        Yeah. Maybe blink if you can hear us?

    • Psychafunkapus

      Me three.
      Sending love and healing thoughts, Mr. TotD.

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