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Singer Pens Tune About the L Train

By Serena Dai | May 19, 2015 4:15pm

Sometimes you gotta just sing the pain out — especially when it comes to the L train.

Singer Jeffrey Lewis penned a song about the horrors of riding north Brooklyn's busiest train line, with a catchy chorus declaring "No L, no L," and "The MTA f**ked me and made my life hell."

Posted online by Brooklyn Vegan, the song tells the tale of Lewis missing live shows due to the train being down, rising fares, more people and less service.

"I paid the new train fare with hardly a fuss," Lewis sings. "Look where it got me, some bullsh*t shuttle bus."

The L train shut down between Lorimer Street and Eighth Avenue for five weekends for construction, a hiatus that just finished after last weekend.

The train's weeknight late night shutdown, between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., is still going on until Friday May 22.

He also touches on major transit issues in the neighborhood, like how waterside development will bring even more people to the already packed L train.

"The joke's on us," Lewis sings, "when they don't even run."

But in Lewis's song, he offers a solution to "sidestep defeat" from the MTA: he'll take a cab, save the receipt and jump the turnstiles until he's refunded.