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The Magpie Sings the Great Depression:
Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1942

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Underground Limited

By Stanley J. Kauffmann, '31

The Magpie, December 1930, v. 32, n. 1, p. 10.

Subway train is resting
At the subway station.
Subway train is starting.
Hear it growl.
Subway train's departing.
Hear it howl.
Leaving the light
Far behind,
Into the night,
Steel wheels grind.
Clickety-clack,
Clickety-clack,
Along the track,
Along the track,
Train is coming
Through the black
Train is coming
Along the track.
One side, Mercury,
One side, Mars,
Make way for Man
And his subway cars.
Green lights grinning,
Steel wheels spinning,
Make way for Man
And his subway cars.
Clickety-clack,
Clickety-clack,
Along the track,
Along the track,
Feel how she trembles,
Quivers and throbs,
Carrying bankers,
Paupers and snobs.
Cast aside fear, 'Our
Men know their jobs.'
Green lights grinning,
Steel wheels spinning,
Carrying bankers,
Paupers and snobs.
Noise is coming,
Hear it swell.
Man is riding
Down to Hell.
Clickety-clack,
Along the track,
Down to Hell
Man is riding,
Down to Hell.
Train is coming
Through the night.
Train is coming.
See the light.
Watch her swaying,
Watch her swerve.
Now she's cutting
'Round the curve . . .
One side, Mercury,
One side, Mars,
Make way for Man
And his subway cars.
Subway cars
Along the track,
One side, Mars,
Clickety-clack,
Rushing,
Racing,
Speeding,
Flying--
Look out, Motorman,
Station ahead.
Stop her, Motorman,
Stop her dead.
Listen, Motorman,
Hear her pant.
Hear her, Motorman,
Rave and rant . . .
Subway train is stopping.
Hear it growl.
Subway train is stopping.
Hear it howl.
Subway train is resting
At the subway station.


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