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Music and Land Use

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So I have an extra credit assignment for a class which I thought would be kind of fun to post on here as well. List any song lyrics, words of poems and titles of movies that deal with sprawl, land use or real estate.

I'll start with Joni Mitchell's and the Counting Crows "Big Yellow Taxi"

They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot

With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you got till it's gone

They paved paradise and put up a parkin' lot

They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum

And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them

No, no, no, don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got till it's gone

They paved paradise, and put up a parkin' lot

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Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds.

Little boxes on the hillside,

Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,

Little boxes, little boxes,

Little boxes, all the same.

There's a green one and a pink one

And a blue one and a yellow one

And they're all made out of ticky-tacky

And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses

All go to the university,

And they all get put in boxes,

Little boxes, all the same.

And there's doctors and there's lawyers

And business executives,

And they're all made out of ticky-tacky

And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course and drink their martinis dry,

And they all have pretty children and the children go to school

And the children go to summer camp and then to the university

Where they are put in boxes and they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business and marry and raise a family

In boxes made of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

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(Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders, My City Was Gone)

I WENT BACK TO OHIO

BUT MY CITY WAS GONE

THERE WAS NO TRAIN STATION

THERE WAS NO DOWNTOWN

SOUTH HOWARD HAD DISAPPEARED

ALL MY FAVORITE PLACES

MY CITY HAD BEEN PULLED DOWN

REDUCED TO PARKING SPACES

A, O, WAY TO GO OHIO

WELL I WENT BACK TO OHIO

BUT MY FAMILY WAS GONE

I STOOD ON THE BACK PORCH

THERE WAS NOBODY HOME

I WAS STUNNED AND AMAZED

MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

SLOWLY SWIRLED PAST

LIKE THE WIND THROUGH THE TREES

A, O, OH WAY TO GO OHIO

I WENT BACK TO OHIO

BUT MY PRETTY COUNTRYSIDE

HAD BEEN PAVED DOWN THE MIDDLE

BY A GOVERNMENT THAT HAD NO PRIDE

THE FARMS OF OHIO

HAD BEEN REPLACED BY SHOPPING MALLS

AND MUZAK FILLED THE AIR

FROM SENECA TO CUYAHOGA FALLS

SAID, A, O, OH WAY TO GO OHIO

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Tim McGraw's "Where the Green Grass Grows"

Well I'm from a map dot

A stop sign on a black top

I caught the first bus I could hop from there

But all this glitter is gettin' dark

There's concrete growin' in the city park

I don't know who my neighbors are

And there's bars on the corners and bars on my heart

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Talking Heads Nothing But Flowers:

Years ago

I was an angry young man

I'd pretend

That I was a billboard

Standing tall

By the side of the road

I fell in love

With a beautiful highway

This used to be real estate

Now it's only fields and trees

Where, where is the town

Now, it's nothing but flowers

The highways and cars

Were sacrificed for agriculture

I thought that we'd start over

But I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots

Now it's a peaceful oasis

you got it, you got it

This was a Pizza Hut

Now it's all covered with daisies

you got it, you got it

I miss the honky tonks,

Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens

you got it, you got it

And as things fell apart

Nobody paid much attention

you got it, you got it

I dream of cherry pies,

Candy bars, and chocolate chip cookies

you got it, you got it

We used to microwave

Now we just eat nuts and berries

you got it, you got it

This was a discount store,

Now it's turned into a cornfield

you got it, you got it

Don't leave me stranded here

I can't get used to this lifestyle

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