Saturday, July 21, 2007
It's a Saturday in July--so a nice time for something light. We'll be back to talking about note topics for the new crew of law review soon enough.
Carl Christensen reminds us--how could we possibly forgot this?--that the Five Man Electrical Band has a classic of hippie property jurisprudence, Signs. And of course Ben's been humming the song while taking these cool pictures of Cape Cod. Check out these lyrics:
And the sign said anybody caught trespassing would be shot on sight.
So I jumped on the fence and yelled at the house, Hey! what gives you the right
To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in.
If God was here, he'd tell you to your face, man you're some kinda sinner.
Those lyrics remind me that one of these days we need to talk about the relationship of William Blackstone to Christianity and to property (a topic of much importance to Hawaiian missionaries). In the interim, you may be most interested in my colleague Bill Brewbaker's paper Found Law, Made Law and Creation: Reconsidering Blackstone's Declaratory Theory.
Carl's provided this link to a youtube broadcast of it, below.
And, as long as we're talking about songs with property themes, how about The Kinks' Coming Dancing:
They put a parking lot on a piece of land
Where the supermarket used to stand.
Before that they put up a bowling alley
On the site that used to be the local palais.
That's where the big bands used to come and play.
My sister went there on a Saturday.
Alfred L. Brophy
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