CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR Lyrics - Hank Williams

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Key: E

From the (E)Great Salt Lakes of Utah to Calif(A)ornia's golden (E)shore
Colorado and Nevada through the (F#)deserts burnin' (B7)door
While she's (E)circlin' through the canyons, can't you (A)see that mountain (E)stream
It's the California Zephyr, the (B7)Union Pacific (E)Queen

See her rockin' see her rollin' as she rambles on her way
She left LA this mornin' burnin' up the right of way
In the distance hear her moanin' hear her lonesome whistle scream
It's the California Zephyr, the Union Pacific Queen

She leaves the city of the angels headin' for ole Santa Fe
She's a makin' nauts she's makin' time just watch her swing and sway
And from way out in the darkness, see that headlight gleam
It's the California Zephyr, the Union Pacific Queen

From the Great Salt Lakes of Utah to California's golden shore
Colorado and Nevada through the deserts burnin' door
While she's circlin' through the canyons, can't you see that mountain stream
It's the California Zephyr, the Union Pacific Queen

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Factual errors in California Zephyr lyrics | Reviewer: Long John | 6/22/09

This actually IS a great song, albeit with some rather glaring errors in the song...

The California Zephyr train was NEVER on the Union Pacific...

It was on the Western Pacific, D& RG, & Burlington..

And it ran from Oakland to Chicago, and it was NEVER in LA or Santa Fe...The Western Pacific RR took it from Oakland to Salt Lake City, D&RG took it to Denver, and the Burlington took it to Chicago...

And lastly, the Zephyr NEVER made the sound of a "Lonesome Whistle Scream", but rather th esound of air horns mounted on one of several EMD-F series diesel locomotives...

I think what might have happened is the in the songwriters mind, ANY and ALL Dome Cars were considered to be a California Zephyr train, which simply is not the case, and while the general public might not notice the factual errors in this great song, anybody familier with the actual California Zephyr knows better...

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