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Opinion

July 29, 2013

Sing a song of the waterfront blues

To the editor:

Well, it’s that time of year again, summer in full swing, and Yankee Homecoming nearly upon us. I thought this might be a good time to dust off my guitar from my protesting-paid-parking-days and head on down to the waterfront with a retooled version of a summertime classic. My apologies to Eddie Cochran for taking liberties with the cadence, lyrics and length of his song “Summertime Blues.”

It’s time to make a noise,

It’s time to be con-cerned,

About the NRA’s plans

So far what we have learned

Well, they think off the sale we’ll make out like kings

Well, I wonder who they think they’re really fooling.

Try to stop this plan, from ever going through

Or there won’t be a cure for the waterfront blues

Well, the buildings might have parking underground

They’re gonna test the soil to see if it is sound

My honest opinion, I think that is in-ane

To have that type of parking in a FEMA flood-plain

But the NRA tells us the city needs the money,

I think it’s ironic, I think it’s rather funny,

When tourists can’t find a de-cent parking spot

That’s a loss of revenue, and it could be alot

(repeat stanza)

When the mayor ran, she said there’d be no buil-dings

She led us to believe that this was a happ-y en-ding

Well, she did a flip-flop, and that got my goat

Needless to say, she won’t be gett-ing my vote

To the NRA, we gave our pre-senta-tion,

Which only crea-ted an air of agita-tion

Although we re-instated we don’t like the dirt lots

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