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Thread #21456   Message #229105
Posted By: Sourdough
16-May-00 - 09:18 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Railroad Bill
Subject: RE: Help: Railroad Bill
About The MTA Song:

As I recall, Bess Hawes had a credit for that song although that might be just for the lyric. The melody certainly does seem to have come from Work.

There was a bar in the North Beach area of San Francisco that may or may not still exist. It was across from City Lights bookstore and was in an alley. It was perhaps called Spec's or that was just the name of the bartender. It was filled with an astounding variety of interesting artifacts, a lot of them to do with maritime history. Anyway, I think I remember the bartender saying that they had something to do with the writing of "Charlie on the MTA" although he made a point of deferring to Bess Hawes.