"The Monorail Song" is a song that appears in the season four episode "Marge vs. Monorail" of the animated television series The Simpsons. It features the con-artist Lyle Lanley as he dupes the citizens of Springfield into buying and constructing a monorail.

The song was performed by Langley's voice actor, the late Phil Hartman; Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier's voice actress Julie Kavner; Bart Simpson's voice actress Nancy Cartwright; Ned Flanders' voice actor Harry Shearer; Clancy Wiggum and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon's voice actor Hank Azaria; Elizabeth Hoover's voice actress Maggie Roswell; Barney Gumble, Abraham Simpson II, and Homer Simpson's voice actor Dan Castellaneta; and a chorus as the rest of the Springfield residents.


[You know, a town with money's a little like the mule with the spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it.]

[Heh-heh, mule.]

[The name's Lanley, Lyle Lanley. And I come before you good people tonight with an idea. Probably the greatest—Aw, it's not for you. It's more a Shelbyville idea.]

[Now, wait just a minute. We're twice as smart as the people of Shelbyville. Just tell us your idea and we'll vote for it.]

[All right. I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll show you my idea. I give you the Springfield Monorail! I've sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and, by gum, it put them on the map! Well, sir, there's nothin' on Earth like a genuine bona-fide electrified six-car monorail!]

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
Like a genuine, bona fide
Electrified, six-car monorail
What'd I say?

What's it called?
That's right! Monorail


I hear those things are awfully loud
It glides as softly as a cloud
Is there a chance the track could bend?
Not on your life, my Hindu friend

What about us brain-dead slobs?
You'll be given cushy jobs
Were you sent here by the Devil?
No, good sir, I'm on the level

The ring came off my pudding can
Take my pen knife, my good man
I swear it's Springfield's only choice
Throw up your hands and raise your voice

What's it called?
Once again

But Main Street's still all cracked and broken
Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken


[Mono... d'oh!]

Other Appearances

  • The song was featured in the album Songs in the Key of Springfield.
  • Conan O'Brien performed the song at the live show concert The Simpsons Take the Bowl.







  • The song was inspired by the songs "Ya Got Trouble" and "Rock Island" from the 1957 musical The Music Man.
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