Takin' a Train

A long time ago, I used to joke that all of Canadian politics could be explained in terms of “Jem” songs. Then “Jem” got popular again, and it no longer seemed an obscure enough reference, so I retired it. But when I read Rob Ford’s instant-classic interview, where he repeats “it’s all about subways” an infinite number of times. And I was reminded of this song, which is also about taking a train. Taking a train. Taking a train.

I’m not that up on “Jem” fandom, but I’ve heard that this is often voted the worst song in the show’s canon of original songs, because it mostly consists of those three words repeated over and over. But I think Jem makes a good case for rail transportation.

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