Music at arbor: Sing, Say, Learn, and Play

Arbor students enjoy two or three music periods every week, as well as singing frequently in class groups and at school assemblies. You can find a few of our favorites below.

The MTA SonG

Now let me tell you a story 'bout a man named Charlie
On this tragic & fateful day:
He put 10 cents in his pocket, kissed his wife & family
Went to ride on the MTA.

But did he ever return? No, he never returned
And his fate is still unlearned (Poor Charlie!)
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 that train.


Now all night long Charlie rides through the tunnel
Saying, "What will become of me?
How can I afford to see my sister in Chelsea
Or my cousin in Roxbury?"


Charlie's wife goes down to the Scollay Square Station
Every day at a quarter past two
And thru the open window she hands Charlie a sandwich
As the train comes rumblin' through.


Now you citizens of Boston, don't you think it is a scandal
That the people have to pay & pay?
Fight the fare increase, vote for Walter O'Brien
And get Charlie off the MTA!

©  Jacqueline Steiner and Bess Lomax Hawes