In my dreams in the emptiest places
Where we walked to forget our culture,
Gas stations appeared at night
So gleaming we can't see the sky
For the fluorescent lights
Shining on our faces
And there was no one there to sell
And there was no one there to buy
And there's no reason except for growth
And a legacy of empty buildings
In my dreams amusement parks
Appeared in my backyard
And they funded an initiative
To preserve the rural way of life
Through fees on parking lots
And there was no one there to sell
And there was no one there to buy
And there's no reason except for growth
And a legacy of empty buildings
But for now there are no businesses for miles
But where the city extends its legs
There's a footprint of what's going to be
And there was no one there to sell
And there was no one there to buy
And there's no reason except for growth
And a legacy of empty buildings


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    General CommentFrom the CD booklet:

    "The doctor was thinking: All this fantastic effort - giant machines, road networks, strip mines, conveyor belt, pipelines, slurry lines, loading towers, railway and electric train, hundred-million-dollar coal burning power plant, ten thousand miles of high tension towers and high-voltage power lines; the devastation of the landscape, the destruction of Indian grazing lands, Indian shrines, and Indian burial grounds; the poisoning of the last big clean air reservoir in the forty-eight contiguous United States, the exhaustion of precious water supplies- all that ball-breaking labor and all that backbreaking expense and all that heartbreaking insult to land and sky and human heart for what? Why, to light the lamps of Phoenix suburbs not yet built, to run the air conditioners of San Diego and Los Angeles, to illuminate shopping-center parking lots at two in the morning, to power aluminum plants, magnesium plants, vinyl-chloride factories and copper smelters, to charge the neon tubing that makes the meaning (all the meaning there is) of Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Tucson, Salt Lake City, the amalgamated metropoli of southern California, to keep alive that phosphorescent putrefying glory (all the glory there is left) called Down Town, Night Time, Wonderville, U.S.A."

    *Edward Abbey - Monkey Wrench Gang
    concreteblueson July 05, 2009   Link

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