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Gentrification Blues, song lyrics

Song: Gentrification Blues
Lyrics: Judith Levine(1) & Laura Liben(2)

Music:
Year: 1982
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


I woke up this morning, I walked out my door,
I noticed my neigbors weren't there any more,
I've got the gentrifi-, gentrification blues.
When I asked where they gone to,
That's when I heard the bad news.

They call it Boerum Hill(3) to make it sound classy;
Used to be Gowanus(4) and they said it was trashy.
But some folks still remember this neighborhood,
When the rents were lower and the living was good.
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Well, I look in the windows, I looked in the doors,
They were hanging up the chandeliers and sanding the floors,
I've got the gentrifi-, gentrification blues.
The rent sign said "$550, one floor through."

Now we've got Haagen-Dazs ice cream and the New York Times,
'Cause the real estate agents brought in their own kind.
But good-bye to Bustelo and the people who drink it,
Good-bye to integration and the people who think it.
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When the brownstoners came, they said they liked integration,
To live with other races and have neighborly relations,
I've got the gentrifi-, gentrification blues.
Now it's to Hell with good relations,
If it doesn't raise the property values.

They say that a brownstone is the people's housing,
But what about the folks who can't afford a hundred thousand?
I've got the gentrifi-, gentrification blues.
They're living somewhere else now,
They're the many who've been kicked out by the few.

I woke up this morning, I looked next door -,
There was one family living where there once were four,
I've got the gentrifi-, gentrification blues.
I wonder where my neighbors went 'cause I know,
I'll soon be moving there too.

Somebody said, "Where will we go?"
'Cause there ain't no place to live 'round here anymore.
I've got the gentrifi-, gentrification blues.
Guess we gotta fight back,
'Cause we ain't got nothin' to lose.


Notes:

1 - Sorry we don't have information on Judith Levine. If you do please click on the About page in the menu at the top and send us an email. Thank you.

2 - We have tried to contact Laura Liben who we understand still teaches music, but her email no longer works.

3 - Boerum Hill

4 - Gowanus