Who will save the River Valley?
That\'s my drinking water
This was once a sacred place, now
Look at what we\'ve got here
I\'ll pretend there isn\'t any problem, just do my job
And if I don\'t like the standard of living, go move to Russia

Me and Pete went swimming last night
He\'s my friend from boyscouts
All the fish were floating upright
We got scared and we got out
Mother says don\'t play down where your father does his job
You know he\'s got to make a living, or move to Russia

This is my world, this is my world
Don\'t let it go away
Is it a crime spending my time
Dreaming of yesterday?

Meet me in the River Valley
You can tell me stories
\'Bout a time before pinstripe suits
Dippers, grits, and tories
My mother sang the songs her mother taught her
We\'d be swimming off in cool, cool water
When she called us from the yard
Running home, it felt like god.

This is my world, don\'t take it away

Is your favorite place controlled by
Developing ambitions?
Do you think you\'ll have some power
Sigining a petition?
Are you fine with your surroundings? Are they gonna crumble?
I\'m living in the River Valley, come and join me for a tumble

High up above, see the cars up on the viaduct
From sunrise to the last call - they push their luck
And that would be fine
If I was yours and you were mine

Who will save the River Valley?
Who will save the River Valley?
Who will save the River Valley?
Who will save the River Valley?

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    General CommentIf ever there was a good environmentalist song, this is it.
    showackbianhoon June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commentin case there are any früvous fans from outside the toronto area:
    In the specific sense, this song refers to the Don River/Valley, the more industrialized and environmentally degraded of the major river systems in Toronto (restoration efforts: toronto.ca/…). When torontonians speak of "the viaduct" they refer to the one that carries Bloor St with Danforth Ave high above the Don Valley.

    Dippers, Grits and Tories are the nicknames of members of the three major political parties in Ontario (and in Canada, at the time of the release) -- respectively the New Democrats, Liberals, and Progressive Conservatives.
    tweedwolfscreamon April 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment(that was supposed to be "connects Bloor St with Danforth Ave", not "carries".)
    tweedwolfscreamon April 17, 2007   Link

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