Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Friend of the blog, Rebecca Tushnet, has alerted me that Patrick Stump's song "The City," which includes a lyric about gentrification is available for free on iTunes (limited time only!). As this blog has highlighted from time to time, there are a handful of other songs out there with property themes. Take for example, Signs, made famous by Tesla:
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.
Alabama's Song of the South could be used to introduce mortgage foreclosure:
Well somebody told us wall street fell
But we were so poor that we couldn't tell.
Cotton was short and the weeds were tall
But Mr. Roosevelt's a gonna save us all.
Well momma got sick and daddy got down.
The county got the farm and they moved to town.
Pappa got a job with the TVA
He bought a washing machine and then a Chevrolet.
Well my idea of a good time
Is walkin’ my property line
And knowin’ the mud on my boots is mine.
Then, of course, there are a slew of songs about crummy landlords. In this category I've got Bob Dylan's Dear Landlord, The Police's Landlord, and Living Colour's Open Letter (To A Landlord). Worst use of "community property" in a song lyric probably goes to Steel Panter for a song so filthy that I can't even link to it on a family blog.
Have I missed any other classics? Does anybody out there use songs in class to spice things up? How does it work?