Sunday, December 18, 2011

SMRT Trains, Christmas And Vintage Elvis Presley


Our problems with SMRT trains here in Singapore remind me of vintage Elvis with Mystery Train. No connection whatsoever with the lyrics. There are hundreds of train songs but this one is the best ever by the best singer ever. But I am not sure about Singapore having the best train service ever. Seems to have made many Christmas shoppers unhappy. Cannot go to Orchard Road... (Song is on the right side-bar of this blog).

Train arrive, sixteen coaches long/ Train arrive, sixteen coaches long/ Well that long black train got my baby and gone/ Train train, comin' 'round, 'round the bend/ Train train, comin' 'round the bend/ Well it took my baby, but it never will again (no, not again)/ Train train, comin' down, down the line/ Train train, comin' down the line/ Well it's bringin' my baby, 'cause she's mine all, all mine/ (She's mine, all, all mine)... by: Junior Parker n Sam Phillips 1953.


Image: Google

Lyrics: You Tube


Erwin said...

train ain't mine ... everything belongs to the King!
Mine will come when I retire and have a corner full of miniature trains!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hey, hey. Why you dislike the King so much?

I also got no train set but because of this hoo-ha about our MRT trains I will be getting a Xmas present for myself; a full train set running through the whole length and breadth of my hall with smoke, whistles and clanging bells.

So there! Don't you like Elvis' 'Mystery Train'?

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Comment above was taken from Erwin Maisch's Facebook.

Thanks Erwin for your views. It's an interesting comment you made.

In a part of Canada where I used to live, the police patrol car siren never stopped screaming daily.

And nobody complained.

Must think of a song... Know any?

Lam Chun See said...

Sign of a typical 'bloggoholic''. Any news item can trigger off a blog post. Welcome to the club brother!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Not true Chun See. Then I won't be writing about 60s music but about the latest and hottest newspiece in town most times.

I wrote this one because it affected me somewhat since I take this line when I don't drive and because I have been listening to Elvis' 'Mystery Train' lately after writing about Dixieland jazz and listening to 'Dixieland Rock' again. These songs are vintage Elvis.

I guess the coincidence triggered off the urge to write a posting.

Thimbuktu said...

Thank you Chun See. I like that newly coined word "bloggoholic" as in alcoholic, but never get drunk from too much blogging though ;)

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Oh, oh... so James Seah is the one, not me!

I am a musicoholic though. That I admit. So addicted to music that I get intoxicated everyday.

I can listen to 'Mystery Train' a million times and not get tired.

Just listen to Larry Lai's Theme Song for 'Spinaround' on Rediffusion in the 60s.

Brings back so much memories. Do you remember?

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,

Many thanks.
I'm afraid it was not 'HIT AND MISS' as this tune has been in my music collection.

So it may have been another programme I got confused with.


Erwin said...

Andy: In a part of Canada where I used to live, the police patrol car siren never stopped screaming daily.

And nobody complained.

Must think of a song... Know any?

Answer: I Shot the Sheriff???

Erwin said...

Chances are, our youths would take every opportunity to unleash their creativity overseas! lol

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Anonymous said...

If Wozniak were to travel back in time... in the 60s, Singapore, he would probably have a different opinion.

That's the reason why I seem to be the only youngster around digging on your nostalgic thrash.

I had a great time in my youth during the 90s in Singapore.

After much digging, I feel that Singapore could have been more fun compare to my time ... or even now. (these days I hear a lot of unhappiness in Singapore).

There was something more compelling about Singapore back then.

Something more than its convenience, tall buildings and state of the arts facilities.

It was an environment that gave a sense of originality even though many things were influenced by the west.

Its people recreated stuff and made it their own. It was a time when creative people composed their own songs and many had to learn to play/buy music the hard way.

They had a niche market and were loved/hated by a large audience.

(We have a large crowd now ... just that everyone is bombarded with too much information... (especially from the Korean pop invasion).

We are producing kids who will no longer get to play guli, chapteh, teng-teng, catch spiders and climb trees anymore. We have become "Gundus"! Haha. said...

The above article, from France, is actually a reply to Steve Wozniak's take about Singapore (from when he visited the island recently:

"A stab in the heart for Singapore nationalists. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak isn’t a fan of Singapore when it comes to creative thinking.

Speaking to BBC, Wozniak questions where are the creative souls in Singapore. Here’s an excerpt from his interview:

When you’re very structured almost like a religion… Uniforms, uniforms, uniforms… everybody is the same.

Look at structured societies like Singapore where bad behavior isn’t tolerated. You are extremely punished.

Where are the creative people? Where are the great artists? Where are the great musicians? Where are the great singers?

Where are the great writers? Where are the athletes? All the creative elements seems to disappear.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

My reply to both:

Give us some time Steve. We're still very young.

It takes time for a society and nation to evolve and develop.

As for the note from France, you need to come home sooner, if you are Singaporean, and help establish a more interesting and open-minded mass-media company.

Meantime, let's listen to more Singapop 60s and learn from them. We are all still very creative you know and our youths are definitely just as good if not better today.

Check out Stephanie Sun, Olivia Ong, Jimmy Yeh, and the other pop stars who are making it big overseas. If you compare the size of Singapore and the size of these singers' popularity; they're awesome!

World class? What about Jimmy Choo (shoes) and Ashley Isham (clothes design)? Hey they dress royalty and the top international stars of today. Aren't they world class Steve?

I rest my case. Comment anyone?