"No Man's Land" as written by and Billy Joel....
I've seen those big machines come rolling through the quiet pines
Blue suits and bankers with their Volvos and their valentines
Give us this day our daily discount outlet merchandise
Raise up a multiplex and we will make a sacrifice
Now we're gonna get the big business
Now we're gonna get the real thing
Everybody's all excited about it

Who remembers when it all began
Out here in no man's land
Before they passed the master plan
Out here in no man's land
Low supply and high demand
Here in no man's land

There ain't much work out here in our consumer power base
No major industry, just miles and miles of parking space
This morning's paper says our neighbor's in a cocaine bust
Lots more to read about Lolita and suburban lust
Now we're gonna get the whole story
Now we're gonna be in prime time
Everybody's all excited about it

Who remembers when it all began
Out here in no man's land
We've just begun to understand
Out here in no man's land
Low supply and high demand
Here in no man's land

I see these children with their boredom and their vacant stares
God help us all if we're to blame for their unanswered prayers
They roll the sidewalks up at night, this place goes underground
Thanks to the condo kings there's cable now in Zombietown
Now we're gonna get the closed circuit
Now we're gonna get the Top 40
Now we're gonna get the sports franchise
Now we're gonna get the major attractions

Who remembers when it all began
Out here in no man's land
Before the whole world was in our hands
Out here in no man's land
Before the banners and the marching bands
Out here in no man's land
Low supply and high demand
Here in no man's land



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"No Man's Land" as written by Billy Joel

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    General CommentThis song is about mass development. I'm sure Billy was thinking about Long Island when he wrote this. "No major industry, just miles and miles of parking space." Strip malls? Yep. It's also a commentary about how our lives are more focused on the media (TV especially) than actually living.
    krisstieon June 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song means that America is no longer in control, including aspects such as eminent domain.
    Jillian1166on September 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, its about the east end of Long Island (montauk-ish). He writes a lot of songs about the east end of LI. As someone from there, I can tell ya, he's dead on!
    javathenutzon May 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGrowing up at the Jersey shore, I can relate to this song. I watched the massive development during the 80's, when any square piece of woods was built on. Big machines rolling through the quiet pines indeed! It was not for the better either, that's why I live in NH now, where there are still more trees than people.
    abfab1001on February 28, 2014   Link

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