End of the Line is from one of the most accessible country and folk – rock records I have ever heard – Traveling Wilburys Volume 1. If I had to choose just one album to introduce someone to this genre of music I wouldn’t hesitate choosing this one. There isn’t a mediocre song on it and it ends with today’s stellar and catchy track – End of the Line.
Two songs have already featured from this album, namely Congratulations and Dirty World. I would point you to the former if you would like to read more about this album and a link to the wonderful documentary about how the Traveling Wilburys came to be and produced this remarkable record.
Today’s song video hits a sombre note as it shows an empty rocking chair and lone guitar of the band’s most affable member Roy Orbison who passed away just before this video was made. So End of the Line is really a moving tribute to him, not to mention how Volume 2 was skipped in respect to him. So they went straight to Volume 3 after making this.
This song was mainly written by George Harrison, but all five members received a songwriting credit for their collaboration effort. It peaked at No 63 on the main charts, but I remember seeing it a plenty on the Rage program top-hits growing up. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played this song live during their 2008 North American tour. The main reference as usual in the writing of this article is Wikipedia.
Jeff Lynne spoke of the recording sessions: “Everybody just sat there going, ‘Wow, it’s Roy Orbison!’ … Even though he’s become your pal and you’re hanging out and having a laugh and going to dinner, as soon as he gets behind that [mic] and he’s doing his business, suddenly it’s shudder time.’