Steve Goodman was a good friend to many obscure New York and Chicago singer/songwriters during the 1970s and '80s, including me. Thanks for shining a light on his amazing talent, BtC, but when you read the lyrics to the second stanza of "City of New Orleans" here, you're reciting the Arlo Guthrie version. The way Goodman wrote it is:
"...And the sons of Pullman porters and the sons of engineers
Ride their father's magic carpet made of STEAM [not "steel."]
Mothers with their babes asleep are rockin' to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they DREAM. [not "feel."]
A side note: when John Denver told Goodman he was going to record CONO, he wanted to make so many changes that he also demanded writer's credit, which Steven denied him. Denver finally did record a treacly version of it for his 1971 album "Aerie" that mangles Steven's lyrics as well as the famous refrain. The best version of the song is still the original by the composer himself. Goodman lives!