The Trolley SongWords & Music by Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin
Recorded by Judy Garland, 1944
From the movie "Meet Me In St. Louis"
E7 A D9 E7 A D6 With my high starched collar and my high topped shoes E7 A D9 A And my hair piled high upon her head Edim Bm7 E A C#m I went to lose a jolly hour on the trolley Cdim B7 Bm7-5 E7 And I lost my heart instead E7 A D9 E7 A D6 With his light brown derby and his bright green tie E7 A D9 A He was quite the handsomest of men Edim Bm7 E A C#m I started to yen so I counted to ten Cdim B7 Bm7-5 E7 Then I counted to ten again A DM7 A DM7 "Clang, clang, clang" went the trolley A F#m D9 E7 "Ding, ding, ding" went the bell A DM7 A DM7 "Zing, zing, zing" went my heart-strings A D9 E7 A From the moment I saw him I fell A DM7 A DM7 "Chug, chug, chug" went the motor A F#m D9 E7 "Bump, bump, bump" went the brake A DM7 A DM7 "Thump, thump, thump" went my heart-strings E7 A F#m D9 E7 A When he smiled, I could feel the car shake Bm7-5 E7 Fdim A He tipped his hat and took a seat Edim E D9 E7/6 Fdim A He said he hoped he hadn't stepped upon my feet A+5 F# Gdim Bm He asked my name, I held my breath C#m7-5 D Cdim Bm7-5 Edim E7 I couldn't speak because he scared me half to death A DM7 A DM7 "Buzz, buzz, buzz" went the buzzer A F#m D9 E7 "Plop, plop, plop" went the wheels A AM7 A7 D6 D7 "Stop, stop, stop" went my heart-strings Fdim A D9 A7 Fdim E7/9 As he started to go then I started to know how it feels Cdim A6 When the universe reels. Bm7-5 E7 Fdim A The day was bright, the air was sweet Edim E D9 E7/6 Fdim A The smell of honeysuckle charmed you off your feet. A+5 F# Gdim Bm You thought you'd sing but couldn't squeek -- C#m7-5 D Cdim Bm7-5 Edim E7 In fact you loved him so you couldn't even speak. A DM7 A DM7 "Buzz, buzz, buzz" went the buzzer A F#m D9 E7 "Plop, plop, plop" went the wheels A AM7 A7 D6 D7 "Stop, stop, stop" went my heart-strings Fdim A D9 A7 Fdim A6 As he started to leave I took hold of his sleeve with my hand Fdim(III) E7 D9 E7/9 E7 E7/9 And as if it were planned he stayed on with me E Cdim Fdim(III) C#7 D And it was grand just to stand with his hand holding mine Cdim D9 Bm7-5 A To the end of the line.
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Purists will no doubt note that while Garland does a half-step raise at the end of the second bridge, this version does not include it. You can transpose the last verse up one fret if you wish.