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Lyr Add: The Rhyme of Charon the Ferryman

Charley Noble 24 Aug 14 - 08:57 PM
Jim Dixon 26 Aug 14 - 12:36 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: The Rhyme of Charon the Ferryman
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Aug 14 - 08:57 PM

By Charlie Ipcar, 8/24/14
Tune: verse after "Summer Ghosts" by Tanglefoot; chorus traditional Irish

The Rhyme of Charon the Ferryman

As I went down to the River Styx,
I found my-self in a helluva fix;
There was Charon with his barge,
And I'd for-got my VISA card.


With my too-rhy-a,
Too-rhy, oo-rhy, oo-rhy-a!

"No VISA card!" old Charon said,
And sadly he just shook his head;
"How 'bout two obols, the ancient fare?"
All I could do was stand and stare. (CHO)

I offered him a subway token,
From my last trip to Hoboken;
His frown turned to a smiling face,
"I've got a condo at Maxwell Place." (CHO)

"Give me your token and step on board,
And while you're at it grab an oar;
The river is wide and the tide is flowin',
And I'm damn sick of doin' the rowin'."(CHO)

So I grabbed the oars, and dug them in;
My first payment for my sins;
By the time we reached that farthest shore,
My poor old hands was blistered sore.(CHO)

So the moral of this fateful tale
Is when you die do not fail,
To bring your gloves, for rowing's hard,
And don't forget your VISA card! (CHO)


Charon was the ferryman of the dead; he carried departed spirits across the River Styx, a haunted waterway which reputedly separated the world of the living and the world of the dead, painted by Jose Benlliure Y Gil (1858-1937), 1919.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Rhyme of Charon the Ferryman
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Aug 14 - 12:36 AM

La Barca de Caronte (The Barque of Charon) by Jose Benlliure Y Gil

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