Lullabye for Toronto

June 29, 2017

IMG_7182 JA couple of years ago, I began working on a little song writing project. It never came together, and only one lyric from that period ended up in Shut Up Slow Down Let Go Breathe. It’s a found poem of TTC subway announcements arranged into rhyming stanzas, called Lyric for a Little Lullabye:

Lyric for a Little Lullabye

We are currently experiencing a delay
westbound at Bay.
Efforts to resume
regular service
are underway.

Do not rush when you hear
the subway door chimes.
You may experience
longer than normal travel times.

We are currently experiencing a delay
westbound at Bay.
Efforts to resume
regularly scheduled service
are underway.

We apologise for the delay.
A response crew is on its way.

Awhile back, I offered the Lyric to songwriters, if anyone else heard the music in it. There have been a few attempts, and I realize it’s difficult to find the emotional core of a found poem about subway delays, but I’m kind of partial to this one by Brian Hoppie, which appeared online yesterday:

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