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JUDY GARLAND: ‘THE TROLLEY SONG’. A CLOSEUP.
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Performed by Judy Garland and Chorus in the film ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’, 1944. A High Quality, Full Screen Close Up.This video was a pleasure to make. …’The Trolley Song’ is such a well known song of Judy’s - from MMISL & concert tours - that I didn’t expect to find anything new or fresh about it. But I did! As a close up, I can see the intricacies of Judy’s face, her eyes … & of all the close up videos I’ve done, this was the most surprising gift. I hadn’t seen the movement & facial expressions of Judy as clearly. She’s glowing … Some interesting facts:
Ralph Blaine wrote the lyrics. He was told to write a song about trolleys for the movie, and was having a hard time coming up with inspiration. He finally came up with some lyrics when he went to the library and found a children’s book with a picture of a St. Louis trolley car with the caption: “Clang, clang, clang went the jolly little trolley.”
In 2004, the American Film Institute ranked this #26 on the 100 Greatest Songs in American Films list.

Words and music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane.
Nominated for Best Song Academy Award for 1944
~ALL~
Clang ,clang, clang went the trolley
Ding, ding, ding went the bell
Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings as we started for Huntington Dell.
Chug, chug, chug went the motor
Bump, bump, bump went the brake
Thump, thump, thump went my heartstrings as we glided for Huntington Lake.
The day was bright, the air was sweet
The smell of honeysuckle charmed me off my feet
I tried to sing, but couldn’t squeak
In fact I felt so good I couldn’t even speak
Buzz, buzz, buzz went the buzzer
Time to all disembark,
Time to fall went my heartstrings as we got off at Huntington Park
As we got off at Huntington Park.
~Judy~

With my high-starched collar, and my high-topped shoes
And my hair piled high upon my head
I went to lose a jolly hour on the Trolley and lost my heart instead.
With his light brown derby and his bright green tie
He was quite the handsomest of men
I started to yen, so I counted to ten then I counted to ten again
Clang, clang, clang went the trolley
Ding, ding, ding went the bell
Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings
From the moment I saw him I fell
Chug, chug, chug went the motor
Bump, bump, bump went the brake
Thump, thump, thump went my heartstrings
When he smiled I could feel the car shake
He tipped his hat, and took a seat
He said he hoped he hadn’t stepped upon my feet
He asked my name, I held my breath
I couldn’t speak because he scared me half to death
Chug, chug, chug went the motor
Plop, plop, plop went the wheels
Stop, stop, stop went my heartstrings
As he started to go then I started to know how it feels
When the universe reels
~All~
The day was bright, the air was sweet
The smell of honeysuckle charmed you off you’re feet
You tried to sing, but couldn’t squeaks
In fact, you loved him so you couldn’t even speak
~Judy~
Buzz, buzz, buzz went the buzzer
Plop, plop, plop went the wheels
Stop, stop, stop went my heartstrings
As he started to leave I took hold of his sleeve with my hand
And as if it were planned he stay on with me
And it was grand just to stand with his hand holding mine
To the end of the line
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9 Comments for 'JUDY GARLAND: ‘THE TROLLEY SONG’. A CLOSEUP.'

  1.  
    SatchmoSings
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    Only two camera set …
    Only two camera set-ups were used while Garland actually sings this number complete with the choreography of the extras; this is pretty amazing stuff; if they did this now it would be MTV-style cuts every half-second.

  2.  
    matrix86
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    what a bitch… …
    what a bitch…didn’t want any attention, then when everyone started looking at the guy running after the trolly, she starts singing and getting all the attention, making everyone forget about the poor fella trying to catch the trolly :P (please don’t take this serious, it’s a joke…I know someone would take it too serious. I’m a Judy Garland fan [and i'm only 24] so don’t think I don’t like her, lol)

  3.  
    coreyfeldman234
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    Yes I sir do, still …
    Yes I sir do, still hoping it is worth more than they appraising it so far for, I know its worth more than :9.99. hands down

  4.  
    lbrown21494
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    @coreyfeldman234

    @coreyfeldman234
    You have the sheet music for this score? Transcribed?

  5.  
    lbrown21494
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    Why can’t at least …
    Why can’t at least one movie today be like this? I am not saying every movie, just one or two every now and again.

  6.  
    oldiesfan91
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    Love this movie and …
    Love this movie and LOVE Judy

  7.  
    PercyJL1
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    I’m a 13-year-old …
    I’m a 13-year-old brazilian boy. When I finally was able to see this year Meet Me in St. Louis in television(it only runs about every 1 or 2 years in TCM), I was amazed. I loved the story, Judy was beautiful (as always), and honestly The Trolley Song is still in my head since then. I read yesterday in a comment that a week ago she’d have done 89 years old. That just broke my heart, I wish so much she was still here with us =’(

  8.  
    checkmarkedprod
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    wow…. from 1:36 …
    wow…. from 1:36 to 3:28 was all one continuous shot, not one different angle or view… imagine any actor nowadays going through a scene (a musical one no less) and not messing up for that long… thats dedication

  9.  
    XxCMARYSXx
    June 21, 2011 | 9:31 pm
     

    Happy Belated …
    Happy Belated Birthday To Judy Garland :) R.I.P :’( xxxx

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