Ride Forever, Charlie
There's nothing better than a city with a sense of humor. The new electronic fare cards for the "T," or the transit system, ...
There's nothing better than a city with a sense of humor. The new electronic fare cards for the "T," or the transit system, in Boston is called the CharlieCard. Most everyone in Boston, and many outside, will know immediately what that refers to.
For those who don't, here's the story. There's a song called "The MTA Song" that was written in 1948 about a man named Charlie who couldn't get out of the Boston subway system because he didn't have the nickel in exit fare that he needed. The song became a hit in 1959 when The Kingston Trio recorded it. I learned the song somewhere along the line, probably at summer camp, despite growing up in New York, not Massachusetts.
I can still recite the chorus of the popular song that I knew as "Charlie and the MTA":
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.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Is Alabama Trying its 'Anti-Shariah' Amendment Again?12 hours ago
Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Is Unconstitutional4 hours ago
Feds Revoke Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind Waiver5 hours ago
Wendy Davis Introduces Education Platform5 hours ago
California Legislature Passes Law to Regulate Drones5 hours ago
States Where Government Aid Goes the Furthest6 hours ago