|Single by Klaatu|
|from the album 3:47 EST|
|Recorded||January 26, 1973 (single version)
April 1976 (album version)
|Genre||Power pop, psychedelic pop, progressive rock, baroque pop|
|Writer(s)||John Woloschuk, Dino Tome|
"Sub-Rosa Subway" is a song written by the Canadian rock band Klaatu, from their album 3:47 EST, describing the efforts of Alfred Ely Beach to create the original New York Subway. His work is described as secretive (hence sub rosa). The song made it to #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977.
The song is best known for sparking the rumour that the band was The Beatles in disguise. The vocals and instrumentals are in a Beatlesque style with chord progressions similar to the Beatles' "Blackbird" and "It's All Too Much", as an homage to the band.
Two minutes and fifty seconds into the song, a long message in Morse code plays in the background. John Woloschuk, in an article in the fan magazine The Morning Sun, finally provided a translation of the code:
"From Alfred, heed thy sharpened ear — A message we do bring — Starship appears upon our sphere — Through London's sky come spring."
- Album version
- John Woloschuk - lead vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion
- Dee Long - backing vocals, electric guitar, synthesizer, telegraphy
- Terry Draper - drums
- Vern Dorge - chimes
- Single version
- John Woloschuk - lead vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, maracas, bongos
- Dee Long - electric guitar, synthesizer, telegraphy