End Of The Line

Album: Volume One (1988)
Charted: 52 63
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Songfacts®:

  • The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup made up of Jeff Lynne (ELO), Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. This song contains the folksy wisdom that comes from their experiences. It has a railroad theme, as the "end of the line" represents the train's last stop. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alan - Singapore, Singapore
  • Roy Orbison died before the music video of this song was made, so in memory of him, when his verse comes on they show a picture of him on the train and his guitar on a rocking chair. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kristian Roberts - Swansea, Wales

Comments: 10

  • Mafunzalo from ColoradoI listen to it over and over. Every time I do, pickup something new.
  • Jim Bob from Austin, TxI’m 72 and my two best friends recently died. They came to the end of the line. The song gave me solace and a sense of how to live the rest of my life. I have listened to it over and over.
  • Danno from IllinoisWhere was the album art pic taken? Looks like the train station in Lincoln illinois
  • AnonymousWell, which one of em wrote the song!
    Tom took all the verses my guts he did really wanna know who wrote what’s maybe the best song ever made.
  • Paul Hightower from Albany, OregonCould this song be about the artists know they are older and on their way to their death or end of the line?
  • Bobby Todaro from Holbrook, NyI always looked upon 'End Of The Line' not as a railroad terminus, but as a metaphor for Life. Not everybody rides a train, but we all eventually reach the 'end of the line,' so live your life the best you can!
  • Neel from IndiaPurple Haze? Hendrix reference?
  • Joe from Grants Pass, OrWhy does no one mention Ringo or Jeff Lynne on drums ??
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThe drummer, seen in the video, is Jim Keltner, a well known 70's and 80's drummer who worked with George, John and Ringo (and many many others). He's listed as a Wilbury "cousin".
  • Jfv from Philadelphia, PaEvery member except Dylan shares lead vocals on the song. Chorus 1 = Harrison, all 3 verses = Petty, Chorus 2 = Lynne, Chorus 3 = Orbison, Chorus 4 = Harrison, Chorus 5 = Lynne. The fade out has the various members shouting and clowning. It's refreshing to hear 4 different lead voices on a song, all of which are distinctly recognizable.
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