Single Review: Quad City DJ’s “C’mon Ride It (The Train)”

C’Mon ‘N Ride It (The Train)
Album: Get On Up and Dance
Year: 1996

A couple of years before party rap became the norm, the Quad City DJ’s had a hit in 1996 with the juenvile “C’Mon ‘N Ride It (The Train)”

Using the Love Unlimited Orchestra’s “Theme from Together Brothers,” as a sample, the Quad City DJ’s add an ample amount of bass, train whistles and noises to drill the theme home to listeners.

Opening with “woo-woos” which are in tune with a train’s horn blowing. Hook Girl (who isn’t listed on allmusicguide.com despite being pictured with the group) lifelessly sings the chorus “Come on ride the train hey ride it woo woo..Ride it woo woo…It’s the choo choo ride it woo woo.” She adds that “I think I can, I think I can.” It’s said in a childish way. For some reason, she says “tink” instead of “think”

Jay Ski and C.C. Lemonhead then begin their spirited, aggressive raps. They say it’s a southern game called “train” and now everybody is welcome to play. (“Way deep down south, where we play this game/It’s them Quad City DJs and you,/we call it the train”). They invite people to get onboard with the song and enjoy it. (“so if you wanna ride your thing/just come on down the train/we’re gonna rock…just jump aboard, baby”). They tell them to bring the whole family. However, Jay Ski notices an attractive woman and wants to sleep with her. He tells to stop being embarassed and not to dismiss until she has slept with him. (“So get your next of kin, your sister and your friend…And, boo, you need to stop faking, and come on with me/I wanna take you home with me, to be alone with me/And I can see you wanna hide it, come on, just divide it/And please don’t knock it, until you ride it”). The more women on the train, the better. (“So to all of you girls, you know, I’m calling your name/Michelle, Tamika and Tanya/Wanna ride this train, ride out now”).

Hook Girl reminds people if they want to dance, they can. However, the Quad City DJ’s are going to be cool either way.

Jay Ski loves the smell of gas in the morning. He also likes fine liquor, too. (“I can smell them tranquil breezes from a mile away/Graduated from Booze, up to allazay”). He compliments an attractive woman’s weave and sets his sights on her. (“Baby, you looking tough to death/Got your weave done right, it’s on so tight/Now it’s on tonight, yeah, yeah”). There is some sexual subtext used again. Essentially, the woman doesn’t need a reason to sleep with Jay-Ski. (“Woo, don’t need no tickets for this thing/Just jump on in, let me hit them switches on the train”).

At the same time, the train is compared to a dancefloor. Jay-Ski instructs people on how to do “the train.” (“Get on the train tracks/Here we go, so get on the floor/And put a hump in your back…Move your arm up and down/And make that choo choo sound, like this”).

“The Train,” however has gone the way of “The Macarena” and the most current “The Ketchup Song.” The novelty has worn off. However, it does have a positive aspect to it. Most party rap is loaded with swearing and misogny today. But “The Train” has a few mild references to sex but nothing explicit. It is really about dancing around like a train.

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