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Transcribed by: asf0@comcast.net  Alice Franceschini
Date: September 24, 1997
Subject: M.T.A.   by the Kingston Trio
Album: Collectors Series
Written by: J. Steiner/B. Hawes


     M.T.A.    The Kingston Trio


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 threathened.
   Today a new crisis has arisen.  The Metropolian 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.

Intro notes   C# C# F F F# F# G#

A                                        D           
Well, let me tell you of the story of a man named Charlie 
       A                 E  
on a tragic and fateful day
        A                                   D
He put ten cents in his pocket, kissed his wife and family, 
         A          E   A
went to ride on the M.T.A.


CHORUS:
      A
1.) Well, did he ever return
2.3.4.) But, did he ever return
5.) Or Else, he'll never return
         D       A                               E
No, he never returned. And his fate is still unlearned.

1.) What a pity
2.) Poor old Charlie
3.) Six or a half dozen
4.) He may ride forever
5.) Just like poppa
        A                        D
He may ride forever neath the streets of Boston
          A        E     A
He's the man who never returned.
ENDING:
          A        E       A               A        E      A
He's the man who never returned. He's the man who never returned. 

Is that you, Charlie?


A                                   D
Charlie handed in his dime at the Kendle Square Station
          A                  E
And he changed for Jamacia Plains
         A                                D
When he got there the conductor told him one more nickle
          A           E            A
Charlie couldn't get off of that train.

A                            D
Now all night long Charlie rides through the stations
          A                  E
crying, "What will become of me?"
            A                D
How can I afford to see my sister in Chelsey
        A        E    A
or my cousin in Roxburry.

A                     D
Charlie's wife goes down to the Scully Square Station 
       A                   E
Every day at quarter pass two
       A                                 D
And through the open window she hands Charlie your sandwhich
        A           E         A
As the train comes rumbling through   

go to chorus, then lead, last verse

A                                      D
Now you citizens if Boston don't you think it's a scandle
          A                     E
how the people have to pay and pay
            A                       D
Fight the fare increase, vote for George O'rind
          A             E   A
and get Charlie off the M.T.A.      chorus with ending



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