“I Saw It in The BRT”
An ode to the subway.
This 1917 ditty was written about the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit System), which was the former name to the BMT (Brooklyn Manhattan Transit System). The words which extoll the virtues of the advertising you would see on the train were written by Charles H. Willich and the music by George A. Sumner.
It is amazing how many products mentioned in the song are still around from almost 100 years ago: Grape Nuts, Wrigley’s Gum, Cracker Jacks, Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix and many others.
New Yorker’s have no more BRT, BMT, IND (Independent) or IRT (Interboro Rapid Transit). Now we just call it the subway, run by the oligarchal fiefdom called the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority). And most of the ads you see are for acne treatments, learning English, and filing lawsuits.
Lyrics can be read here (click to enlarge):