Take The A Train - Billy Strayhorn

Take The "A" Train
(Billy Strayhorn)

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Take The “A” Train
by Billy Strayhorn

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Take The “A” Train “is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra. The title refers to the then-new A subway service that runs through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn, on the Fulton Street Line opened in 1936, up into Harlem and northern Manhattan, using the Eighth Avenue Line in Manhattan opened in 1932. “Take the ‘A’ Train” was composed in 1939, after Ellington offered Strayhorn a job in his organization and gave him money to travel from Pittsburgh to New York City. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, “Take the A Train”.


Take The “A” Train

You must take the “A” train
To go to Sugar Hill way up in Harlem
If you miss the “A” train
You`ll find you missed the quickest way to Harlem
Hurry, get on, now it`s coming
Listen to those rails a-thrumming
All aboard, get on the “A” train
Soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem

Songwriters: Billy Strayhorn