M.T.A. Lyrics - Kingston Trio

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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?!!
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How can I afford to see my sister in Chelsea or my cousin in Roxbury?"

(Chorus)

Charlie's wife goes down to the Scollay 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. Et tu, Charlie?






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Thanks to Alan Trachtenberg, life-long railfan for submitting M.T.A. Lyrics.
Mom used to sing it around the home! | Reviewer: eltalon | 4/18/13

Still remember those voices crashing though that chorus coming out of the old record player (what are THOSE!?) in Mom's kitchen! The visual images can't be beat by any of today's songs! "...through the open window, hands Charlie a sandwich..." Oh, man... beauty!

The Real Lyrics | Reviewer: Buitman | 3/13/07

or my hooker in Roxbury?"

"Charlie's wife goes down" over and over

That's how they sing in in the Boston area!



This song is great | Reviewer: Lurah | 5/17/05

as a little girl My grandpa taught me this song. Now it reminds me of him.



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