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  •  end to R&B, no to real lefty folk music+Mitt (6+ / 0-)
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    The unscrupulous modifiers of an  urban Progressive folksong,
    Charlie on the MBTA

    Kingston Trio and lefty Charlie
    The refrain
    Did he ever return?
    No he never returned
    And his fate is still unlearn'd
    He may ride forever
    'neath the streets of Boston
    He's the man who never returned.

    The lefty song

    Composed in 1949 as part of the election campaign of Walter A. O'Brien, a Progressive Party candidate for Boston mayor. O'Brien... enlisted local folk singers to write and sing songs from a touring truck with a loudspeaker.One of O'Brien's major campaign planks was to lower the price of riding the subway...
    The perfidious act
    In the Kingston Trio recording, the name "Walter A. O'Brien" was changed to "George O'Brien", apparently to avoid risking protests that had hit an earlier recording, when the song was seen as celebrating a socialist politician.
    .....The song has become so entrenched in Boston lore that the Boston-area transit authority named its electronic card-based fare collection system the "CharlieCard" as a tribute to this song
    .....It held a dedication ceremony for the card system in 2004 which featured a performance of the song by the Kingston Trio and
    then-governor and future say do anything to please anyone

     

    Mitt Romney.
    Charlie on the MTA

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 05:11:23 AM PST

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