The Trolley Song

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"The Trolley Song"
Song by Judy Garland & The MGM Studio Chorus
Released 1944
Length 4:04
Writer(s) Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Judy Garland and chorus perform "The Trolley Song" in Meet Me in St. Louis

"The Trolley Song" is a song written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. In a 1989 NPR interview, Blane said the song was inspired by a picture of a trolleycar in a turn-of-the-century newspaper. In 1974 he had said that the picture was in a book he'd found at the Beverly Hills Public Library and was captioned "'Clang, Clang, Clang,' Went the Trolley."[1]

Blane and Martin were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 1945 Academy Awards, for "The Trolley Song" but lost to "Swinging on a Star" from Going My Way. "The Trolley Song" was ranked #26 by the American Film Institute in 2004 on the 100 Years... 100 Songs list. The song as conducted by Georgie Stoll for Meet Me in St. Louis has a very complex, evocative arrangement by Conrad Salinger featuring harmonized choruses, wordless vocals, and short highlights or flourishes from a wide range of orchestral instruments. When the song was recorded on the set of Meet Me in St Louis, it was done in a single shot.


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The song is really about a streetcar, or tram in the UK so "other tram songs" would be more appropriate. One other one would be "Last tram tae Auchenshuggle", sung by Scottish singer Joe Gordon in 1962 when the last tram ran in Glasgow. It was an edited version of "Last train to San Fernando" .


  1. ^ Vocal Selections from That's Entertainment, Big 3 Music Corporation, 1974

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