Take The "A" TrainWords & Music by Billy Strayhorn and the Delta Rhythm Boys
Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington, 1941*
Intro: ||: D6 Bb7 :|| D6 E7/9 E7 You must take the "A" train G Gdim Edim A7+5 D6 Cdim Em7 A7+5 To go to Sugar Hill 'way up in Harlem. D6 E7/9 E7 If you miss the "A" train, G Gdim Edim A7+5 D6 Cdim Em7 A7+5 You'll find missed the quickest way to Harlem. Bridge: G G/F# E7 Hurry, get on now, it's coming; E9 E7 Em7 A9 Listen to those rails a-thrumming. A7+5 D6 E7/9 E7 All a-board! Get on the "A" train; G Gdim Edim A7+5 D6 Fdim A7 - A7+5 D6 Soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem.
*Ellington actually recorded this song on numerous occasions -- so many, in fact, it is difficult to determine how many were actual new recordings and how many were merely re-releases. It can be difficult, as well, to determine "the" lyrics to this song; many versions exist, and the choice to use the ones I use here was arbitrary, and Fitzgerald's famous scat singing is not even approximated here. This song was used in the forgettable 1943 movie "Reveille With Beverly." Strayhorn joined Ellington's band in 1938. He became Ellington's primary arranger the next year, and remained in that role until his death in 1967.