Wednesday, August 10, 2005

AND, Some Little Words on Eminent Domain

A Modern Day Troubador

Trees Falling

See where they're putting in a Wal-Mart
See how they level the field
The community banded against it
But there was a backroom deal
Trees one day begin falling
Bulldozers tear up the grass
Just down the road from the superstore
Shopkeepers are boarding up glass

See where they're gonna put that highway
They're talking about 8 lanes
Running it right through a neighborhood
Invoking eminent domain
Trees one day begin falling
Bulldozers clear away bricks
A neighborhood is divided
Alternative plans are nixed

See where they're gonna build a ballpark
It's a developer's dream
We give him $500 million
Or else we might lose our team
The money'll come from the city
We'll vote on it until the day it passes
All of our local schools
Will have to do without music classes

See where they're putting in those mansions
Clearing out a bunch of these woods
Putting in a gated community
Where security'll be real good
Trees one day begin falling
To open up mountain views
They put in a road to the waterfalls
And now they charge admission to it

Say you live out in the country
Up a steep mountain side
A holy little oasis
Nothing but peace & quiet
Trees one day begin falling
Somebody's moving in
Building a house right on top of you
He says he wants to be your friend

Trees one day begin falling
Bulldozers clearing a path
For a really different future
No brakes - just stepping on the gas

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