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Kingston Trio - M.T.A. Lyrics

  • Jacqueline Steiner/Bess Hawes
  • Spoken:
  • These are the times that try men's souls. In the course of our nation's history, the people of Boston have rallied
  • Bravely whenever the rights of men have been threatened. Today, a new crisis has arisen. The Metropolitan
  • Transit Authority, better known as the M. T. A., is attempting to levy a burdensome tax on the population in the
  • Form of a subway fare increase. Citizens, hear me out! This could happen to you!
  • (Eight bar guitar, banjo introduction)
  • Well, let me tell you of the story of a man named Charley on a tragic and fateful day.
  • He put ten cents in his pocket, kissed his wife and family, went to ride on the M. T. A.
  • Chorus:
  • Well, did he ever return? No, he never returned and his fate is still unlearned. (What a pity! Poor ole Charlie. Shame and scandal. He may ride forever. Just like Paul Revere.)
  • He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston. He's the man who never returned.
  • Charlie handed in his dime at the Kendall Square Station and he changed for Jamaica Plain.
  • When he got there the conductor told him, "One more nickel." Charlie couldn't get off of that train.
  • (Chorus)
  • Now, all night long Charlie rides through the station, crying, "What will become of me?!!
  • How can I afford to see my sister in Chelsea or my cousin in Roxbury?"
  • (Chorus)
  • Charlie's wife goes down to the Sculley Square Station every day at quarter past two,
  • And through the open window she hands Charlie a sandwich as the train comes rumblin' through.
  • (Chorus)
  • Now, you citizens of Boston, don't you think it's a scandal how the people have to pay and pay?
  • Fight the fare increase! Vote for George O'Brien! Get poor Charlie off the M. T. A.
  • (Chorus)
  • He's the man who never returned. He's the man who never returned. Ain't you Charlie?

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