The Subway Musician


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January 14, 2008
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On one of my Internet excursions I came across the blog of John Stevens, a Canadian poet. Here is a beautiful poem he wrote about a subway musician, inspired by a guy he used to see in the London Underground almost every day (printed with permission):

The Subway Musician/John Stevens

I hear the approach of the thundering hoards
I strap on my guitar and I play the same chords
I’ve played hundreds of times before
Instinctively I know what they like to hear
And I flash them my smile and as they draw near
A few drop some money
And then they are gone
I’m a subway musician, didn’t finish my song

I adjust all my strings and await the next throng
The footsteps draw closer, so I start the same song
I play the same chords as my endless encore
I’ve played for 8 hours and my fingers are sore
I regard every person as a personal friend
A coin hits the cup
They pass, I end
My drink’s at my feet, I’m thirsty, I bend

Am I chasing an impossible dream?
I live for the music and though it may seem
There are hundreds more like me
Just wanting their breaks
I have the talent, I have what it takes.

An echo snaps me back to the dimly lit hall
My voice rasps the lyrics; I give it my all
I smile and I nod as the masses arrive
I keep pounding the strings ‘cause I have to survive
They go on their way, but I keep playing the tune
My mind’s now on a stage
The crowd’s in a rage
And I play the last note and then take a bow

Am I chasing an impossible dream?
I live for the music and though it may seem
There are hundreds more like me
Just wanting their breaks
I have the talent, I have what it takes.

I pack up my gear and I go on my way
I will soon be discovered, tomorrow’s the day
For a subway musician who still has some hope
As I jingle the change that will help me to cope

The Subway Musician ©John Stevens

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3 Responses to The Subway Musician

  1. Yuki on January 18, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    It’s a beautiful poem..
    Haha, the struggles of a subway performer!

    Heard of subway steve?

  2. Ramon on February 10, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    This is a beautiful poem…thanks for posting it, it reminded me of my first times busking. Before I had a set put together I used to repeat certain songs depending on what kind of people I saw walking by: a ballad in Spanish if some young mothers walked by on their way to pick their kids from school, a rocking tune if it was a crowd of punkish kids or some country-like stuff if I saw american tourists…I still do that sometimes…

  3. maverick on February 21, 2008 at 2:15 am

    fun-tastic luv & MISS n.y.

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