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Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line

Tune “Taumarunui” by Pat Rogers
Words originally by the late Peter Cape
New words by Robin Patterson (a satisfied customer) in 2005.

I’m an ordinary joker, getting old before my time,
And my heart’s on Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line:

Old Tranz Metro, Old Tranz Metro,
Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line.

You can travel on Tranz Metro going north or going south;
When they stop you in a tunnel, man, your heart jumps to your mouth;
But it’s only a precaution, and you’ll soon be off again,
With the guards all reassuring that you’ll be as right as rain

On Old Tranz Metro, Old Tranz Metro,
Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line.

There’s a sheila on Tranz Metro, and she clips your ticket, see?
And my heart jumps like a rabbit when she clips one just for me.
She’s got hair of flamin’ yellow and a mouth of flamin’ red,
And I’ll love that flamin’ sheila till I’m up and gone and dead

On Old Tranz Metro, Old Tranz Metro,
Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line.

She calls herself a Reefton girl, but knew she had to roam.
(If you try to catch a Reefton train, you’ll wait till cows come home.)
“Train Manager” is what she’s called, not “Clippie” any more;
She always makes us welcome when she stands beside the door

Of Old Tranz Metro, Old Tranz Metro,
Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line.

She teaches all the trainees how to treat the clients right;
“Civility” her middle name – man, what a lovely sight,
With her hair of flamin’ yellow and her mouth of flamin’ red:
I’ll love that flamin’ sheila till I’m up and gone and dead

On Old Tranz Metro, Old Tranz Metro,
Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line.

You can get a job in Wellington or get a job up north,
But you can’t at Rail Head Office, though you try for all you’re worth;
So if I want to see that sheila, I’ve got to take the train,
And it’s half an hour to Plimmerton, then off I get again,

Off Old Tranz Metro, Old Tranz Metro,
Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line.


I’m an ordinary joker, getting old before my time
And my heart’s with Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line:

Old Tranz Metro, Old Tranz Metro,
Old Tranz Metro on the Main Trunk Line.


Robin Patterson 05:54, 15 Dec 2005 (UTC)


Now dated because the trains are operated by a different contractor. And her hair's more silvery these days but the smile hasn't gone. -- Robin Patterson (Talk) 06:09, November 28, 2016 (UTC)

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