A GROOVE ON THE TUBE

by Andrew J. Müller

It's a groove
On the Tube
London Town's fine
Let's all ride on the Circle Line
The Jubilee, Victoria and Central Line too
Piccadilly, the Met. and the Bakerloo.

Life can seem so very sweet
When you're winding your way
Down Baker Street
Down the Borough
Or Gloucester Road
London lightening up your load.

Abandon your car
At Theydon Bois
And Tube it into the City
Lunch for a lark
In St. James' Park
Summer blossoms so pretty.

When you've seen it all
Take a trip to St. Paul's
Or watch the Guards at Buckingham Palace
In Notting Hill Gate
There's a party on late
Carnival! Don't be embarrassed.

I've had some fun
In Old Islington
The Tower Theatre and Angel
I've been putting it down
In hot Camden Town
Occassionally over at Shadwell.

The place to be seen
In Bethnal Green
Is the bagel bar next to the offy
In Leicester Square
With the sun in your hair
It's bliss just drinking your coffee.

Old Acton Town
Should not bring a frown
Covent Garden's the heart of the Nation
On to Tooting Bec
We'll get there in a sec
Or to Westminster to watch the inflation.

Mill Hill East
I know the least
Of all of the Northern Line Stations
To reach there's a pain
On a Charing Cross train
So I always pick other destinations.

The traffic goes slow
On Caledonian Road
But the Tube line speeds underneath quickly
Wanstead is wanted
Mile Oak at a poke
Or even right up to East Finchley.

To be stuck in Shoreditch
Can be such a bitch
On a wet, windy day in December
But you'll find a sinner
Up there in Pinner
Who can give you a night to remember.

On your knees in the sleaze
You might feel off your ease
At night around King's Cross St. Pancras
Where the girls of the night
Underneath their red lights
Conduct 'business' that in fact is thankless.

At Bromley-by-Bow
The train will go slow
At Leyton a minute takes ages
But the wait can be longer
If you're stuck out at Ongar
'Cos it's shut now and locked up like cages.

At Buckhurst Hill
I once was quite ill
After a session in a pub at Loughton
In St. John's Wood
There's a pub that's quite good
And a dodgy one out at North Acton.

Near Edgware Road
The liquor once flowed
A beer that was really appealing
But at Hounslow West
They serve up the best
Closely rivalled by a place in West Ealing.

At New Cross Gate
I once arrived late
For a very important assignation
Once I stood in the rain
Outside Chancery Lane
Waiting for them to open the station.

Don't forget to look
In at Stamford Brook
If you're passing along the lines westward
But if you're going to stay
Up Cockfosters way
Try to find time to pop into Oakwood.

Loiter if you dare
Around Russell Square
Watching the students from Uni.
But make sure when you go
Down to posh Pimlico
They don't consider you some kind of loony.

At the roll of the dice
You go off somewhere nice
Like Kew Gardens, or Hampstead and so on
But come back on the Tube
You've got nothing to lose
And hundreds of stations to choose from.

It's a groove
On the Tube
London Town's fine
Let's all ride on the Circle Line
The District, Northern and Central Line too
Hammersmith & City and the Bakerloo.

This poem appears alongside many others by Andrew in BeWrite Books's "Shaken and Stirred: Poetry from the Far Corners" published in 2002.

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