As promised after last week’s driving-themed Musical Geographies, today we bring you songs about public transit, a subject much nearer and dearer to my heart.
“The El” – Rhett Miller
Obviously, we start in my hometown.
“My My Metrocard” – Le Tigre
A danceable little song that doubles as a protest against the police state Guiliani imposed in New York. You know, exactly what you expected from Le Tigre.
“Thank You Lord For Sending Me the F Train” – Mike Doughty
Something about this song has a very train-rattle-y sound to me. I dig it. That is all.
“Waiting for the Bus” – Violent Femmes
Gordon Gano’s voice perfectly echoes the feelings of any person who has ever ridden a public bus; it’s like he’s sighing resignedly the whole song.
“Magic Bus” – The Who
For a slightly happier take on the bus-riding experience.
Bonus: Any Wesley Willis song with the words “Hell Ride” in the title. Just go look ’em up.
Also, I would love to be able to do Musical Geographies without embedding YouTube videos for songs that don’t have real videos. But I can’t find a good music streaming service I like. Dear readers, do you have any suggestions?