“End of the Line” by The Traveling Wilburys

Song of the Day

October 2, 2017

Written by Tom Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison & Bob Dylan
Produced by Jeff Lynne & George Harrison
Recorded at Dave Stewart Studios, Los Angeles, Spring 1988
Released on the album Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 in November 1988

With the sad and unexpected passing of legendary rocker, Tom Petty, we offer this lighthearted send off by the supergroup Trveling Wilburys. “End of the Line” was the closing track from the fantastic 1988 album Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 and it features Petty during the refrains while George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison take turns on the verses.

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With a traditional riding-on-the-rails style rhythm the song features deeply philosophical lyrics that are delivered in a light and upbeat fashion, albeit with sincerity and depth. The themes of survival and return which took on even greater significance after Orbison’s death, two months after the album’s release (and prior to the video shoot below). In all, this song made for a perfect album closer and a fitting tribute to a fallen musician.

Watch “End of the Line” by The Traveling Wilburys:

Song Lyrics

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand
You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring
Waiting for someone to tell you everything
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring, maybe a diamond ring

Well it’s all right, even if they say you’re wrong
Well it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well it’s all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
Well it’s all right, everyday is judgment day
Maybe somewhere down the road aways
You’ll think of me, wonder where I am these days
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays “Purple Haze”

Well it’s all right, even when push comes to shove
Well it’s all right, if you got someone to love
Well it’s all right, everything’ll work out fine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line
Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive
I’m just glad to be here, happy to be alive
It don’t matter if you’re by my side I’m satisfied

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and grey
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive
Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, even if the sun don’t shine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line

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