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"A Song For Changin' Times"

American cities and towns are beginning to look alike. 
The malls all have the same stores, 
with the same cookie cutter merchandise. 
Every place you go 
you see identical franchised restaurants. 

Walmart moves into a town 
and replaces the downtown shopping area 
and the rest of the mom and pop businesses 
and quirky little stores. 

A huge Simon mall replaced the forest near our home 
and displaced the animals. 
They are now looking for food in our yard. 

Shopping in old downtown Buffalo downtown was fun, 
even in the freezing weather. 
It was an adventure. So much to see! 
It's gone now. 

Cities had personalities. 

Now everybody in Gap tee shirts and jeans 
goes to the mall to buy more of the same, 
and dine in the Food Court. 

If they're young enough, they don't even know 
IT'S BORING! 

I write a lot of songs about how change effects us. 
Here's one.
Listen to it here: http://www.kokosuniverse.com/avi/jm/wma/changin_times.htm 

"CHANGIN' TIMES" 

I saw the old man down on Main Street. 
The crowds were passing him by. 
He set his old suitcase down, 
And brushed a tear from his eye. 
He shook his head at a world full of strangers, 
As far as the eye could could see. 
Then he looked around at his old home town, 
And he turned and he said to me... 

CHANGIN' TIMES, CHANGIN' TIMES... 
The wheels of life go spinning around, 
Oranges, lemons, and limes. 
They're sellin' all the good things in life 
For pennies, nickels, and dimes 
How we gonna find our way, wind our way home, 
In these CHANGIN' TIMES? 

Aw, I can almost see the old friends... 
Hi, Shorty. Hi, Sally. Hey, Pete 
Mmm, I can almost hear their voices 
Echoin' down the street 
I better get goin' now... 
I know it's wrong now... 
Livin' in yesterday. 
'Bye, Shorty. 'bye, Sally. So long, Pete. 
I'd better be on my way... 

CHANGIN' TIMES, CHANGIN' TIMES... 
The wheels of life go spinning around, 
Oranges, lemons, and limes. 
They're sellin' all the good things in life 
For pennies, nickels, and dimes 
How we gonna find our way, wind our way home, 
In these CHANGIN' TIMES?

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Copyright  May 26, 2007 Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved.
"Changin' Times": Lyrics by Jack Blanchard  Jack Blanchard Songs (BMI)
All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.

 

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