Pardon me, boy...
Is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?

Often quoted, frequently sung, and just generally found anywhere, Chattanooga Choo Choo was a hit song back in the days of swing - 1940s perhaps - featured in the movie Sun Valley Serenade. It was performed by Glenn Miller and his orchestra. It was a #1 in late 1941 and the Glenn Miller recording was #1 for nine straight weeks.

It's about a train. Obviously. Contrary to popular myth, it is not about any one train, but was written on the Birmingham Special train and inspired by a small steam locomotive. The song tells a story about a train trip from New York to (duh) Chattanooga Station, the latter of which is now a resort. The train that inspired it is now in a museum. (Apparently, it chose to forgo all its royalties.)

The song has been used so many times in pop culture that it's now stupidly overused and clich├ęd, but everyone still loves it. It's in sitcoms (Black Books, Family Guy and Dilbert - among others), it's in adverts (including a 1970s Toffee Crisp advert) and it's in jokes ("Pardon me, Roy, is that the cat who chewed your new shoes?") It now annoys me. YMMV.

source: wikipedia. what else?
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