The Subway Song  (1943) 
by Thomas Andrew Lehrer


words by Tom Lehrer

music: “M-O-T-H-E-R”, by Theodore Morse (1915 - P.D.)
(original lyrics by Howard Johnson)

H is for my Alma Mater, Harvard
C is Central, next stop on the line
K is for the kozy Kendall station
C is Charles, that overlooks the brine
P is Park Street, busy Boston center
W is Washington, you see
Put them all together, they spell “HCKC-PW”[1]
Which is just about what Boston means to me.

  1. sound of throat-clearing and spitting

Historical note: This is a song that I wrote after I first came to Cambridge in 1943. When I first took the subway ride from Cambridge into Boston, I noticed that the subway stations on the line had this interesting feature.

Kendall has since been renamed Kendall/MIT.
Charles has since been renamed Charles/MGH.
Washington has since been renamed Downtown Crossing.

This work is in the public domain worldwide because it has been so released by the copyright holder.

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