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(Jacqueline Steiner & Bess Lomax Hawes)

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Let me tell you the story of a man named Charlie
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On a tragic and fateful day.
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He put ten cents in his pocket, kissed his wife and family,
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Went to ride on the MTA.

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 could not get off that train.

Did he ever return? No, he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned.
He may ride forever ‘neath the streets of Boston.
He's the man who never returned.

Now all night long Charlie rides through the tunnels
Saying, "What will become of me?
How can I afford to see 
my sister in Chelsea
Or my cousin in Roxbury?"

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.

"I can't help," said the conductor, "I'm just working for a living
But I sure agree with you."
"For the nickels and the dimes you'll be spending in Boston
You'd be better off in Timbuktu."

As his train rolled on 
underneath Greater Boston
Charlie looked around and sighed:
"Well, I'm sore and disgusted 
and I'm absolutely busted;
I guess this is my last long ride."

Now you citizens of Boston, 
don't you think it's a scandal
That the people have to pay and pay
Vote for Walter A. O'Brien and fight the fare increase
Get poor Charlie off the MTA.

Or else he'll never return, 
no he'll never return
And his fate will be unlearned
He may ride forever 
'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man (Who's the man)
He's the man (Oh, the man).
He's the man who never returned.


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