Humorous folk song
written to protest a fare
increase to ride the Boston
Metropolitan Transit Authority subway
, most memorably performed by the Kingston Trio
. The protagonist
pays his dime
to get on the subway, but when he tries to get off he's told that the fare has gone up by a nickel
; fishing in his pocket he finds that he can't afford to leave the train
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.