Friday, January 08, 2010

Don't it always seem to go -- That you don't know what you got till it's gone

The photo shows Pennsylvania Station, New York, built in 1910. The photo directly below is a view inside that large area that sticks up above the roof line. Note the scale of the building in relation to the size of the people in the photographs. Penn Station was demolished in 1963 to make way for Madison Square Garden, shown in the last picture below. The tracks and passenger areas under the station are still there--but the grandeur is gone!

NOTE: There never was a Track 29!

Glenn Miller
- from "Sun Valley Serenade"
- words by Mack Gordon, music by Harry Warren

Pardon me, boy
Is that the Chattanooga choo choo?
Track twenty-nine
Boy, you can gimme a shine
I can afford
To board a Chattanooga choo choo
I've got my fare
And just a trifle to spare

You leave the Pennsylvania Station 'bout a quarter to four
Read a magazine and then you're in Baltimore
Dinner in the diner
Nothing could be finer
Than to have your ham an' eggs in Carolina

When you hear the whistle blowin' eight to the bar
Then you know that Tennessee is not very far
Shovel all the coal in
Gotta keep it rollin'
Woo, woo, Chattanooga there you are

There's gonna be
A certain party at the station
Satin and lace
I used to call "funny face"
She's gonna cry
Until I tell her that I'll never roam
So Chattanooga choo choo
Won't you choo-choo me home?
Chattanooga choo choo
Won't you choo-choo me home?

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