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Hands Off The Old Town

  • (Iain MacKintosh)

    Hands off the old town, time we had a showdown
    Ask the question loud and long, Why, why, why

    An old house is taken down because it doesn't fit the plan
    No one seems to give a damn - why, why, why

    I looked where once a park had been - office blocks now fill the scene
    The ground is grey instead of green - why, why, why

    Trucks get bigger every day, so they build a new highway
    You and me will have to pay - why, why, why

    A motorway is needed next, said the planner, said the architect
    So the town we love is wrecked - why, why, why

    Supermarkets, motorways, hurry, hurry through the maze
    Living in a concrete daze - why, why, why

    Time we used our common sense, no time for sitting on the fence
    Ask it loud and long, my friends - why, why, why

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1986:] Being a Glasgow man, I've always been interested in Glasgow, particularly in the old part of Glasgow. And I was horrified and angry not so long ago to learn that Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, was to be pulled down because it was in such a bad state of repair. Thankfully, it was saved at a last minute reprieve, but I wrote this song while it was still under threat of demolition. (Iain MacKintosh, intro 'Standing Room Only')

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