These songs are on one of my iPod playlists. Can you figure out what distinguishes them?
- Del Amitri — Be My Downfall
- Jellyfish — I Wanna Stay Home
- Weddings Parties Anything — Roaring Days
- Ocean Colour Scene — Mechanical Wonder
- Paul Kelly — Love Never Runs On Time
- Corduroy — Mini
- Loudon Wainwright III — Grey In L.A.
- Weddings Parties Anything — Under The Clocks
- Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train A Comin’
- The Beatles — One After 909
- Billy Bragg — Upfield
- The Badloves — Green Limousine
- The Who — 5:15
- The Beatles — Magical Mystery Tour
- Paul Kelly — Last Train To Heaven
- Queen — Bicycle Race
- The Who — Magic Bus
- Del Amitri — Sometimes I Just Have To Say Your Name
- Hoodoo Gurus — 1000 Miles Away
- Jimi Hendrix — Crosstown Traffic
- The Beatles — Ticket To Ride
- Billy Bragg — A13, Trunk Road To The Sea
- Jimi Hendrix — Day Tripper
- Lenny Kravitz — Mr. Cab Driver
- Paul Kelly — From St Kilda To King’s Cross
- Powderfinger — Passenger
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Runaway Trains
- Traveling Wilburys — End Of The Line
- Oasis — D’You Know What I Mean?
- Missy Higgins — Don’t Ever
- Urthboy — We Get Around
- Spiderbait — By the Time I Get to Howlong
And once that’s been answered, what others should I seek out and add?
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The Little Stevies – The Two Loves of His Life (Tram Song)
And Elton John – Passengers, Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
You can read me like a book, Tony, though some on the list are a little, err, broader. Already checked, your first suggestion is on iTunes — cool.
Obviously a transport theme lol.
There’s another Paul Kelly one I think. Sydney from a 727, but I’m not sure if planes count.
Bus Ride by Alex Lloyd
Little Red Taxi by Even
I probably have more but there are about 7000 tracks in my itunes.
Oh two by Wilco
Trike by You Am I
Morningtown Ride – The Seekers!
I was so surprised that you, like me, have Del Amitri on your iPod Playlist :-)
But I guess that has something to do with both of us turning 40 last month!
I even have “Always the Last To Know” as my ringtone on my iPhone> People (my own age) occasionally quiz me about the tune when they hear it, trying to remember the actual name of the song.
Downbound train – Bruce Springsteen
Downtown train – Tom Waits (but, dare I say this – Rod Stewart’s cover is better)
Bicycle – Queen
this is fun!
Terrestrial Public transport themed:
Morning Train (Sheena Easton);
National Express (The Divine Comedy)
A transport of delight (Flanders & Swann)
Personal transport themed:
303 (Kula Shaker)
He thought of cars (Blur)
Transit Lounge (Crowded House)
Ho, where is Chattanooga Choo Choo or Folsom Street Blues. I am concerned about myself that these came off the top of my head. Some knowledge needs to be lost.
Midnight train to Georgia
Kraftwerk with “Fahrn fahrn fahrn, auf der Autobahn”, how could you not have that :)
Drive, drive, drive (fahren) on the freeway?
I think I see why Daniel might not have that on his playlist :-)
Transport is so evocative, so many sounds and sensory experiences. Especially love having a busker on the train.
Speaking of which:
Train by Leo Sayer, Koala Sprint by Midnight Oil, The Deserters by David Bridie
and for some obscure local flavour:
Melbourne Tram by Raspberry Cordial, The Boy Who Lost His Jocks At Flinders Street Station by Painters & Dockers.
The A Train
(I’ve been on that!)
The Trolley Song
See Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour. Here’re the songs he selected for his radio show about (1) trains (2) more trains and (3) cars:
Monkees – Last train to Clarkesville
Always been a bit of an anglophile, and it may show, but…
Autophilia – The Bluetones
The Art of Driving – Black Box Recorder
Drive – The Cars
Car Song – Elastica
Cars – Gary Numan
Train – Goldfrapp
Jumping Someone Else’s Train – The Cure
.. and for the old-schoolers out there…
Long Train Runnin’ – The Doobie Brothers
Last Train To Clarksville – The Monkees
Maybe not in the exact same vein, but I loves Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi
Oh and not to forget “I’m in love with my car” by Queen.
Umm.. yeah, again, not really the exact same TRAIN of thought….
I Get Around by the Beach Boys.
Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express
Talking Heads – Road to nowhere
Tom Petty – Running down a dream
Paul Simon – Homeward bound
Bob Seeger (sp?)/Metallica – Turn the page
Glad to see “Trans-Europe Express” made it…
Leadbelly; Lonnie Donegan – “Rock Island Line”
Jimmie Rodgers – “Ben Dewberry’s Final Run”; “Waiting for a Train”
Tiny Bradshaw; Yardbirds; Led Zeppelin – “Train Kept A-Rollin”
Iggy Pop – “The Passenger”
The Shangri-Las; Superchunk – “The Train from Kansas City”
R.E.M. – “Driver 8”; “Boxcars”
T.I.S.M. – “Mourningtown Ride” [Melbourne train stations dissed by name!]
KLF – “Last Train To Transcentral”
Pierre Schaeffer – “Etude aux chemins de fer”
Steve Reich – “Different Trains”
AC/DC – “Highway to Hell” :-)
Scott Miller and the Commonwealth – Amtrak Crescent
Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band – Texas Eagle
Weddings Parties Anything – Hungry Years
Paul Kelly – Luck – heck, you could even add ‘To Her Door’ unless it’s a limpet-free playlist..
I think you’ve inspired my next time-wasting exercise.
@Rachael and there’s ‘Soldiers’ too:
“And we’re digging up the roads
and widening it just so
you can suffocate at home…”
Great thread! From my iPod…
Train of Thought – The Sharp
Counting Blue Cars – Dishwalla
Last Train – Christine Anu with Paul Kelly
Trainspottin’ – You Am I
Just Keep Walking – INXS
Bus Stop – The Hollies
“Riding on Top of the Car” (Old Music Hall Song, which you’d be hard pressed to fins as an MP3, sadly!).
You can see and hear it in the film “The Elephant Will Never Forget”, online at
The song is about 3.00m in.