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Her MTA song returns

Bess Lomax Hawes, a folklorist who contributed much to this country's cultural preservation and who died Nov. 27, did not like being best known for a little ditty she co-wrote with a friend. But the song turned into a hit, and there you have it -- The M.T.A song, which subway commuters the world round know.

This is the hit version, from the Kingston Trio; I can't find a video of the original Almanac Singers in which she sang it with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 1, 2009; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Musicians  
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