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Where has all the clean air gone?

Where has all the clean air gone?
Long time passing.
Where has all the clean air gone?
Not so long ago.
Where has all the clean air gone?
Mixed with bus fumes by the ton.
Oh, but the fuel that CARTA can burn?
Oh, when will Howard show concern?

Where have all the children gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the children gone?
Downtown teachers want to know.
Where have all the children gone?
Moved to suburbs fearing guns.
Oh, when will Joe ever learn?
Oh, does he care if they ever return?

Where has all the green space gone?
Long time passing.
Where has all the green space gone?
City folks want to know.
Where has all the green space gone?
Sold for condos every one.
Oh, but does Joe give a durn?
Oh, his response is unconcern.

Where have all the Ben Ya’s gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the Ben Ya’s gone?
They couldn’t wait to sell ‘n go.
Where have all the Ben Ya’s gone?
Cross the Cooper on the run.
Oh, now it’s Hallman’s turn.
Oh, now Joe’s taxes he does earn.

Where have all the poor folks gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the poor folks gone?
Can’t afford down town any more.
Where have all the poor folks gone?
Pushed out to North Chuck, most every one.
Oh, when will Joe’s reign adjourn?
Oh, when will he go astern?

Where has Council’s courage gone?
Long time passing.
Where has Council’s courage gone?
Seen now, it’s just for show.
Where has Council’s courage gone?
Joe’s handpicked them every one.
Oh, can’t the voters learn?
Oh, Joe doesn’t deserve another turn!

Lee Walton

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