"The TTC Can Be a Drag; Other Times It's Super-Great."

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“The TTC Can Be a Drag; Other Times It’s Super-Great.”


UPDATE: DECEMBER 10, 2008
“I Get On (The TTC)” was deleted from and reuploaded to YouTube on Monday night. The updated video and reason for the change is here; see the comments section below for more information.

The title of unofficial TTC anthem has gone uncontested for far too long. Sure, “Spadina Bus” was pretty great, but that was, like, the ’80s, and the route that the Shuffle Demons canonized has long been replaced by Spadina streetcars. No, the TTC needs a new anthem, one that’s a little more new, a little more Zeitgeist-y—one that is frustratingly catchy and that combines civic pride, ambivalence, Soulja Boy’s flow, ominous background music, auto-tuning, and fleeting homophobia.
Enter Scarborough rapper Syrus and Centennial College Broadcasting grad Randal Paul, co-stars of “I Get On (The TTC),” just uploaded to YouTube (and caught there by Torontoist reader Andrew Debond). Set variously at a 43 Kennedy bus stop, on the subway, and on a quiet street in Scarborough, the video features Syrus rapping about “hat[ing] people on the bus that feel the need to flatulate” and people on the subway who invade his personal space by letting their legs touch his (he will have you know he’s “super-straight,” “fag”). The less self-serious Paul steps in to explain that he is “vex[ed]” by the “twenty-five minute wait until the bus comes next,” and prays to “Jesus, please, to bring down the bus fees.” But it’s not all bad for the pair: taking public transit is better than biking, the blue night bus gets them “home alright,” they seem to really like riding the accessible elevators, and, as Syrus notes, “passengers don’t need cars; TTC is how they drive.” The words of the prophets…
“I Get On (The TTC)”‘s lyrics, courtesy of Paul, are after the fold; the video is above.

“I Get On (The TTC)”—Syrus ft. Randal

I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
Verse 1: Syrus [Randal]
When they see me on the subway they say “Syrus prolly broke as shit”
Taking public transportation never in a dealership
Me I’m on that train shit that’s right I’m in the last car
Tryna catch some zzs. You know Kipling Station’s really far
[Hey are you going far?]
Yeah man I’m going far!
I need some assurity I hold on for security
Yo that’s not a napkin I use that map to navigate
If I make a wrong turn getting home then I’ll be super late
Move your leg over dogg stop touchin mine I’m super straight
It’s obvious you’re checkin out her boobs you’re being super bait
I hate people on the bus that feel the need to flatulate
The TTC can be a drag other times it’s super great….
[Chorus x2]
I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
Get onn (eastside)
Get onn (southside)
Get onn (westside)
Get onn (woooord)
Verse 2: Syrus
Yeah I keep that M-pass so call my bike a rust tub
March April June May I need to join the bus club
Fall asleep wake up at my stop and give a high five
Passengers don’t need cars TTC is how they drive
Inside’s blood red outside’s silverish
Pocket full of celery when I get of at Bellamy
Don’t know why you’re laughing dude I ain’t tryna tell a joke
Had to make a video this the realest shit I ever wrote
People always asking me if I got spare change on me
Don’t get caught without some comin’ from where I from
Gas price remedy take the 43 Kennedy
So broke so poor catch the 97 Bloor
[Chorus x2]

I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
Get onn (eastside)
Get onn (southside)
Get onn (westside)
Get onn (woooord)
Verse 3: Randal [Syrus]
I get onn…
I get onnnnnnn…
I get onnnnnnnnnn…
I get on the TTC…
I get on the…
I get on the TTC…
I get on the…
Onnnnnnn…
Can I have a transfer please?
See the bus schedule and it just makes me vexed
A 25-minute wait until the bus comes next
I don’t think these TTC dudes know bout stress
They make me chase down the bus until I’m outta breath
I paid the fare for my dame but that don’t mean shit
I see that man with a cane I wont let him sit
I pray to Jesus, please, bring down the bus fees,
Cuz I need just at least a loonie for some cheese
Onnn…
I don’t get on the GO
I get on the transportation used in T-Dot O
I know Joe, he was just joking, he kept pulling the rope
I’m like damn we ain’t kids, that shit ain’t funny no more
I got to pee big homie, drive to VP for me
You can ask big homie man they drive so slowly
I ain’t lyin… [He ain’t lyin’]
So slowly I aint lyinnn… [What the fuck?]
Let me take the blue night (take the blue night)
And I’ll get home alright (home alright)
I wont ride my bike (ride my bike)
Cuz mornin’, noon, and every night I get oooonnnnn
[Chorus x2]

I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
I get on the TTC, on, on the TTC
Get onn (eastside)
Get onn (southside)
Get onn (westside)
Get onn (woooord)

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