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Christopher Smith: Songs

California Zephyr

(Christopher Smith)
June 1, 2007
Based on a true story, Peter Zars was born on the eastbound California Zephyr on March 1st, 1955.
California Zephyr

She boarded the train
waddled down the aisle
Patted her belly
flashed a nervous smile
Going home to have her baby on the California Zephyr
So everybody made her
feel at home
Gave her the best seat
in the Vistadome
"Ain't the Feather River pretty on the California Zephyr?"

They were ridin' in style
in the mornin'
Who wouldn't want to be born in
That big-time, streamline,
flashin' in the sunshine,
California Zephyr

Outside of Elko
baby gave a poke
Crossed into Utah
when her water broke
And it was Salt Lake City on the California Zephyr
They found a sleeper and they
laid her down
"Try not to push until
we get to town"
But she was way ahead of schedule on the
California Zephyr

They were ridin' in style
in the mornin'
Who wouldn't want to be born in
That big-time, streamline,
flashin' in the sunshine,
California Zephyr


The passengers
were placing bets
The Zephyrettes
all held their breath
The Pullman porter
gave the order
Cut the cord,
Welcome aboard

Conductor James
was steady as a rock
Forever after
they would call him Doc
He said, "This one rides free on the California Zephyr"

Seven years later
in the dining car
Cute kid named Peter
was a shining star
He blew out seven pretty candles on the California Zephyr

They were ridin' in style
in the mornin'
Who wouldn't want to be born in
That big-time, streamline,
flashin' in the sunshine,
California Zephyr