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"End of the Line" is the last track from Traveling Wilburys' first album released in 1988. Its riding-on-the-rails rhythm suggests its theme and the on-the-move nature of the group. It features all the Wilburys, except Bob Dylan and the drummer - Jim Keltner (playing under the pseudonym Buster Sidebury), as lead singers; George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison sing the chorus in turn, while Tom Petty sings the verses.
The song then expands into a "freight train" rhythm to underscore its theme.
It was released as the second single from the album, eventually peaking at number 63 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The sleeve cover of the 45 rpm single, photographed four days after the death of Roy Orbison in December 1988, features a guitar in a rocking chair. The same image appeared in the music video for the single, directed by Willy Smax. In the video, as a tribute to Roy Orbison, the camera focuses on the guitar in the chair, slowly rocking back and forth during Orbison's solo vocal parts. There is also a brief close-up of a framed photograph of Orbison. What can you say but: a band of legends.