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An Ode To The Oyster Card

M@
By M@ Last edited 19 months ago
An Ode To The Oyster Card

Always touch in and always touch out,
When using your contactless card.
Except on a bus, where you only touch in,
Remember: it isn’t that hard.

Always touch in and always touch out,
When seeking a vehicle on rails.
Except on the tram, down old Croydon way,
Where touching out leads to big fails.

Always touch in and always touch out,
But don’t touch a thing in the middle.
Except if you travel through some outer zones,
Where pink readers add to the riddle.

Always touch in and always touch out,
Your card works on all transport modes.
Except for the bikes; to hire one of these,
You must dick around with pin codes.

Always touch in and always touch out,
You don’t need to wait in a line.
Except on the Clippers, where tickets are king,
You’ll need one to ride on the brine.

Always touch in and always touch out,
You’ll soon reach your maximum cap.
Except on the Javelin, Dangleway and Clippers,
Who’ll all give your wallet a slap.

Always touch in and always touch out,
You’ll find you can board any train.
Except for the grouchy old Heathrow Express,
Conformity is such a pain.

Always touch in and always touch out,
For Oyster is now here to stay,
Except that we’re shifting to contactless cards,
And the hipsters all use Apple Pay.


Feel like adding a verse, or writing your own transport poetry? Feel free to leave a comment below, or email us on hello@londonist.com.

Words by M@. Image by Matthew Gidley in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 07 August 2015

Adam MacLean

Always touch in and always touch out,
And beware of the card owner's peril:
Ensure for each touch that the same card you use,
Else face risk of your journey's deferral.

Always touch in and always touch out,
Except when you touch nought but pedal,
And roll above ground through the wind and the cloud,
Then you'll know you have won the gold medal.

Malay Malaky Habibo Eido

Always touch in and out,
Unless you are immigrant like me and came here to steal this country's money! lol! :D

Mark Price

It's very good, I'm trying to memorise it, like 30 days hath September etc. etc......lol

Tube Geek

Always touch in and always touch out,
Unless you use tickets of course.
In which case just put inside the slot,
And carry on, quick as a horse!

Tallulah

Always touch in and always touch out,
Wait 3 days for a train.
Journies are cancelled, TFL's screwed,
Should have just driven again.