Cricket on the S train

  • Submitted on time! Feb 26, 2023
Earth Tones

My dad and I wrote and recorded this song in just a couple of hours and had so. much. fun doing it (see outtakes). It’s our first try at writing anything together and I mostly just wanted to see whether we could enjoy it. We’re planning on taking ourselves a little more seriously next time, but until then — here’s a folk song about a cricket who rides the smallest, weirdest train in Brooklyn.


Walking around at night

Brooklyn city lights

Not a soul in sight

Except the cricket 


The cricket 

The cricket

Cricket who rides the S train 


Not very large

Borne on a barge

His mother’s name was Marge

Oh the cricket 


The cricket rides the S train 


Nobody sees him but you

Lookin up from Franklin avenue 

Passing through our backyards

His life is not very hard

All he’s got to do

Is ride on through


Two years go by

You might wonder why 

He’s nowhere in sight 

On the S train

The cricket

The cricket

The cricket

Transferred to the 5 



Looking for feedback on

One of us regrets going with the banjo over guitar. What do you think?


Tengo March 13, 2023 9:33pm

Man I’m so late to the party but gd this is wonderful! You and your dad sound great together! Can’t wait to hear this live someday #thecricketsarebettterthanthebeatles

nurphgun March 7, 2023 10:00pm

This is so sweet. There is something so mischievous and cute about crickets. In high school choir, I sang a different 90-second-long song in Italian about a cricket & yes, we would all look at each other with trickster grins just like the blokes in this video. Anyway, this made me smile, and it sounds great!

nick March 6, 2023 11:38am

more seriously??? nothing wrong with this amount. and banjo rules.

father daughter duo submission makes my heart hurt a little bit. you both sound great. excited for the next one.

juliapiker February 28, 2023 7:58pm

So so heartwarming and sweet to hear a father daughter duo! A really beautiful moment. nice job!

Sam Pearce February 28, 2023 4:22pm

Hey! Makes me feel like it’s summer time. I take the S train pretty frequently to get to my partner’s place, and had never felt very inspired on it, but now thinking of this song will make me smile. And no regrets, I think the banjo adds motion and excitement (and is really nicely played).

atalinkay February 27, 2023 11:29pm

Warm in the heart off this!!

Z February 27, 2023 4:36pm

Man talk about a swoosh!

This is so charming and funny. I certainly have no artistic criticism other than that you should have made this sooner.

The length, the ending, it’s just perfect, nice job y’all!

Ryan February 27, 2023 4:21pm

Oh my god the outtakes have me cracking up hahahah.

EliasSZ February 27, 2023 2:34pm

This warms my heart – the banjo feels absolutely perfect to me. I wish I knew a cricket who rode the S train.

froebusiness February 27, 2023 1:17pm

Oh my god this is the most wholesome thing I’ve ever heard. That banjo is choice, by the way. I think the cricket plays a banjo too.

alechutson February 27, 2023 12:28pm

I love this. No regrets for the banjo, only for the cricket 😅

lizzie February 27, 2023 1:19am

LOVE. this is so heartwarming. i agree with tyler about the vocal harmony at the end. your voices are like peanut butter and jelly – so different, but delicious together! so well done, xo.

TylerK February 26, 2023 11:59pm

Where’s that cricket even gotta go?

Banjo is GREAT here, it fits the theme. One of you is crazy.

I can feel the good time in this track. Final vocal harmony is delivered perfectly by the both of you. I squinted and nodded at the end.

Ben February 27, 2023 4:02pm

😂 seriously, where does the cricket even need to be?

agasthya February 26, 2023 10:11pm

i love this cricket

Ryan February 26, 2023 9:40pm

Possibly my favorite last line of all time? No regrets on the banjo for me. Works well with the cricket sounds and general outdoors / au naturel feel of the recording. Point of curiosity: is this the first ever song about the S train? Did you do any research on that? Bit of a pioneer.

Ben February 26, 2023 8:44pm

Awesome. You’re a great duo. I’m nervous for the cricket though.