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Song Parodies -> "The 7 Flushing Local"

Original Song Title:

"The City of New Orleans"

Original Performer:

Steve Goodman

Parody Song Title:

"The 7 Flushing Local"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

There's no way I can prove this to you all, but I wrote this in June of 1999, six months before John (Off His) Rocker made his comments about the City's Number 7 train (a.k.a. the International Express) in Sports Illustrated. Really, I did! Steve Goodman wrote it, Arlo Guthrie had the hit version in '72. If you've never been to Queens, the Unisphere is the giant globe in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, across Roosevelt Avenue from Shea. It was built for the 1964-65 World's Fair, and was "destroyed" in the movie "Men In Black." The aliens left Shea alone. Strange priorities.
Riding on the 7 Flushing Local
New York subway rolls out of Times Square
eight steel cars and fifteen hundred riders
one motorman and twenty panhandlers there.

And no one knows just what it means
it rolls under the river to Queens
toward Flushing Meadow and the Mets' ballfield
passing trains that no longer run
apartment buildings all but gone
and the graveyards of rusted automobiles.

Good morning, New York City, how are ya?
Say, don't ya know me? I'm your native son?
I'm the train they call the 7 Flushing Local.
I'll be gone ten losing miles when the day is done.

Teenagers rapping with their Walkmans
others fiddle with the dial, trying to get the score
emerging from the grave to the elevated
and Queensboro Plaza's rumblin' 'neath the floor.

And the sons of Brooklyn butchers
and the daughters of North Bronx girls
ride their parents' magic carpets made of steel
giggling schoolgirls find their stop
the violinist's really a cop
and that squeezed-in sardine feeling's all they feel.

Good day, New York City, how are ya?
Say, don't ya know me? I'm your native son?
I'm the train they call the 7 Flushing Local.
I'll be gone ten losing miles when the day is done.

Nighttime on the 7 Flushing Local
transfer 74th and Broadway
halfway home, we'll be there by midnight
through the salsa-tuned darkness, rolling through meringue.

But all the folks who chew their gum
passing by Shea Stadium
and the Unisphere still ain't heard the news:
Another game lost by the Mets
the Yankees won, you can't forget
this train's got the disappointing baseball blues.

Good night, New York City, how are ya?
Say, don't ya know me? I'm your native son?
I'm the train they call the 7 Flushing Local.
I'll be gone ten losing miles when the day is done.
Is it "Walkmans" or "Walkmen"? I never have figured that out.

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Meriadoc - April 18, 2003 - Report this comment
I quite liked the panhandlers line! :-)
Mike (Mike Armstrong) - April 20, 2003 - Report this comment
I always wanted to do a parody of this song, and I thought that I might get my chance with the NCAA Final 4 in New Orleans this year, but I never got around to it (seems to be a very common theme right now...). Good work.
MasonR - May 09, 2004 - Report this comment
I know the 7 all too well, rode it for yeas. It's been a while but this brings me back. Well done parody, extra points from a NY'er.
Johnny D - April 10, 2005 - Report this comment
Boston's close enough for me to grok this...as Valentine Michael Smith never said, "Thou art Odd."
Michael Pacholek - April 12, 2005 - Report this comment
Maybe I'll have to do one for Boston. Let's see... Riding on the Green Line B down Beacon... no... Riding on the Red Line to South Station... no... I'll think of something eventually... but will I think of it before Charlie gets off the M(B)TA?
carlos - May 17, 2005 - Report this comment
I love this song. I am a motorman for NYCTA, and whenever I operate a train when the sun goes down, I whistle the "The City of New Orleans" song. Well, for now on it's "The 7 Flushing Local" song. Wonder if would catch on the Main Street crew-room?......

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