San Francisco – Cable Cars

Celebrating 35 years of recording sound, here’s a favorite program from our archives. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

[sfx ringing bell of a cable car]

Well, that’s the sound of a mode of transportation which has come to symbolize San Francisco to the rest of the world.

“It’s very seldom that you get on a piece of equipment that transports you from one place to another, and you know that possibly your ancestors before you used the same vehicle.”

[vintage music]

“Hold on for the turn, left turn.”

[ringing bell]

[poem] “North Beach to the Tenderloin, over Russian Hill, the grades are something giddy, and the curves are fit to kill. All the way to Market Street, clanging up the slope. Down upon the other side, clinging to the rope. But the view of San Francisco as you take the lurching dip, there is plenty of excitement on the Hyde Street grip.”

The grip man operates the device which grabs the cable to move the car, and he also rings a bell typically, with his own unique style.

“I try to express myself with my playing. If I’m angry I play a little louder, and if I’m mellow”

[ringing bell]

“Last stop, folks. Fisherman’s Wharf.”

The poem The Ballad of the Hyde Street Grip, was written by Gillette Burgess and read by cable car grip man Garland Horton. Celebrating 35 years of recordings, I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

San Francisco - Cable Cars

Celebrating 35 years of recordings, here's a favorite program from our archives: Hop aboard a San Francisco cable car, and share a ride with generations past.
Air Date:03/01/2010
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Celebrating 35 years of recording sound, here's a favorite program from our archives. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

[sfx ringing bell of a cable car]

Well, that's the sound of a mode of transportation which has come to symbolize San Francisco to the rest of the world.

"It's very seldom that you get on a piece of equipment that transports you from one place to another, and you know that possibly your ancestors before you used the same vehicle."

[vintage music]

"Hold on for the turn, left turn."

[ringing bell]

[poem] "North Beach to the Tenderloin, over Russian Hill, the grades are something giddy, and the curves are fit to kill. All the way to Market Street, clanging up the slope. Down upon the other side, clinging to the rope. But the view of San Francisco as you take the lurching dip, there is plenty of excitement on the Hyde Street grip."

The grip man operates the device which grabs the cable to move the car, and he also rings a bell typically, with his own unique style.

"I try to express myself with my playing. If I'm angry I play a little louder, and if I'm mellow"

[ringing bell]

"Last stop, folks. Fisherman's Wharf."

The poem The Ballad of the Hyde Street Grip, was written by Gillette Burgess and read by cable car grip man Garland Horton. Celebrating 35 years of recordings, I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.