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2nd and 3rd Days in Boston

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Oh my goodness! I have earned the right to go to bed early each night! We've started the last two days quite wet and rainy and chilly, and each afternoon the squalls have blown away and made way for bright sunshine and crisply cool-ish afternoons... SO delightful! AND the trees are changing color!

I spent yesterday schlepping around Boston by subway and bus, and got to spend almost the whole day either at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or the Boston Public Library... both were amazing places but I managed to make all kinds of wrong connections and missed buses, so I was glad to have the Boston MBTA 7 day pass so I could just turn around and catch another bus or subway without incurring another fee! NYC won't be so forgiving, I'm afraid..

Bostonians DO seem to have a sense of humor though, since they named their rechargeable fare card the "Charlie Card" , which I THINK comes from the old Kingston Trio folksong "The Man Who Never Returned", about the poor old soul who was stuck on the subway, doomed to ride it forever "Neath the streets of Boston"...

Do you remember this old gem?

The Kingston Trio's The Man Who Never Returned

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

Well, did he ever return?
No he never returned and his fate is still unlearned (what a pity)
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!

But did he ever return?
No he never returned and his fate is still unlearned (poor old Charlie)
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned

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?"

But did he ever return?
No he never returned and his fate is still unlearned (shame and scandal)
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned

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 rumbling through!

But did he ever return?
No he never returned and his fate is still unlearned (he may ride forever)
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned

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'Brian
Get poor Charlie off the MTA!

Or else he'll never return
No he'll never return and his fate is still unlearned (just like Paul Revere)
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston
He's the man who never returned
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