Orange Blossom Special
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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Look a-yonder comin'
Comin' down that railroad track
Hey, look a-yonder comin'
Comin' down that railroad track
It's the Orange Blossom Special
Bringin' my baby back

Well, I'm going down to Florida
And get some sand in my shoes
Or maybe Californy
And get some sand in my shoes
I'll ride that Orange Blossom Special
And lose these New York blues

"Say man, when you going back to Florida?"
"When am I goin' back to Florida? I don't know, don't reckon I ever will."
"Ain't you worried about getting your nourishment in New York?"
"Well, I don't care if I do-die-do-die-do-die-do-die."

Hey talk about a-ramblin'
She's the fastest train on the line
Talk about a-travellin'
She's the fastest train on the line




It's that Orange Blossom Special
Rollin' down the seaboard line

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Johnny Cash's song Orange Blossom Special tell the story of a traveler who is yearning to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and return to the simplicity of life in the South. The Orange Blossom Special is identified as the train that will take the traveler back to Florida, bringing his baby back to him. The lyrics highlight the anticipation of the traveler as he looks down the railroad track, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the train.


The lyrics also detail the conversations that the traveler has with a stranger on the train, commenting on the speed and efficiency of the Orange Blossom Special. Despite being far away from home and his roots, the traveler is content to ride the train and lose his New York blues, enjoying the ride and leaving his worries behind. The song captures the essence of wanderlust, the yearning for simplicity, and the joy of a good journey.


Overall, the song's lyrics are reflective of Johnny Cash's overall style, which often delves deep into the human experience and portrays the struggles, joys, and emotions of everyday life in a relatable and heartfelt way.


Line by Line Meaning

Look a-yonder comin'
Notice over there, something is approaching in our sight


Comin' down that railroad track
Moving along the path formed by the iron rails of the train tracks


Hey, look a-yonder comin'
Hey! Observe that thing coming into view over yonder location


Comin' down that railroad track
Progressing forward on the railway route


It's the Orange Blossom Special
It's a type of train named 'Orange Blossom Special'


Bringin' my baby back
Transporting my darling back to me


Well, I'm going down to Florida
I am traveling to Florida


And get some sand in my shoes
I will enjoy walking on the beach and get some sand in my shoes


Or maybe Californy
Alternatively, I could go to California


And get some sand in my shoes
Get sand between my toes and feel the sea's breeze in Cali


I'll ride that Orange Blossom Special
I will board the train, Orange Blossom Special


And lose these New York blues
And free myself from despair in New York


"Say man, when you going back to Florida?"
"Excuse me, sir, when are you returning to Florida?"


"When am I goin' back to Florida? I don't know, don't reckon I ever will."
"When will I go back to Florida? I am uncertain, and I suspect I may never return."


"Ain't you worried about getting your nourishment in New York?"
"Are you not concerned about acquiring your sustenance here in New York?"


"Well, I don't care if I do-die-do-die-do-die-do."
"Well, I don't care if I get do-die-do-die-do-die-do."


Hey talk about a-ramblin'
Hey, let's talk about racing trains


She's the fastest train on the line
The Orange Blossom Special is the most speedy among trains


Talk about a-travellin'
Discuss about traveling on this monstrous train


She's the fastest train on the line
She is indeed the most rapid among trains due to her peppy engine


It's that Orange Blossom Special
It's none other than the Orange Blossom Special train


Rollin' down the seaboard line
Traveling through the SE coastal regions of America




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: ERVIN THOMAS ROUSE

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@uparogya

Lyrics:

Look a-yonder comin'
Comin' down that railroad track
Hey, look a-yonder comin'
Comin' down that railroad track
It's the Orange Blossom Special
Bringin' my baby back
Well, I'm going down to Florida
And get some sand in my shoes
Or maybe Californy
And get some sand in my shoes
I'll ride that Orange Blossom Special
And lose these New York blues
"Say man, when you going back to Florida?"
"When am I goin' back to Florida? I don't know, don't reckon I ever will."
"Ain't you worried about getting your nourishment in New York?"
"Well, I don't care if I do-die-do-die-do-die-do-die."

Hey talk about a-ramblin'
She's the fastest train on the line
Talk about a-travellin'
She's the fastest train on the line
It's that Orange Blossom Special
Rollin' down the seaboard line



All comments from YouTube:

@SethComedyFan

I have this original vinyl record still in its original wrapping that I got after my grandma passed away. One of my most prized possessions

@randylee8972

I want it

@jamescook6406

My grandfathers uncle wrote the orange blossom special. I have this album and the back of the cover is Johnny's narration of meeting Ervin Rouse. My grandfather was James Rouse. Ervin Rouse was his uncle.
I love my familys recording of it but I am a big Cash fan so I love his version equally.

@painterspainter2234

Love that harmonica

@Wellch

Me too.

@NewTrekWarsTheory77.

Same

@DavidHardingisperfect

You mean "Harmonicai"? ;p

@1510Ronald

HOHNER

@barknbulut8754

Same ❤

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@BigFeetYoda

Johnny Cash is a hero and an inspiration

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