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Song Parodies -> "Brownfields"

Original Song Title:

"Greenfields"

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Original Performer:

Brothers Four

Parody Song Title:

"Brownfields"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

In urban sociology, "brownfields" mean areas formerly used for industry and production, but which have become vacated because of bankruptcies, outsourcing and abandonment, and are reclaimed for urban planning. Unfortunately, an area becoming a brownfield carries often a past of social tragedy and are also often heavily polluted.
Once there were factories, making stuff and things
Once they gave income for thousands of human beings
Once they were blooming and towns were flourishing
Dads and moms working and kids would play and sing
Then they were finished - and are now brownfields

Brownfields are there now and the mills are all gone
Gone from the valleys, from hills and from the town
Gone are the factories, they vanished one by one
Gone are the good jobs which paid for cars and home
There are just brownfields where but hoodlums roam

Towns are all bankrupt and jobs have gone away
Houses abandoned and buildings that all decay
I only know there's no reason for here to stay
Nothing in this wide world can turn the tide again

The mills are all gone now and will not return
Waste and pollution is now a grave concern
You can't be happy while your town has gone bust
You can't be happy as all there is left is rust
Yards scrap and rubble, it's brownfields, to say

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AFW - November 08, 2012 - Report this comment
Quite a few of those around this area, too...well depicted..
Meriadoc - November 08, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow Susan - you've been to Akron! ;)
Rob Arndt - November 08, 2012 - Report this comment
Yes, there's a lot of "redevelopment properties" around my area too- 555!
Susanna Viljanen - November 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Thank you you liked my song :-) I listened some time ago the original song, and I thought I could make a spoof on basis of this. Akron, Ohio once was "the rubber capital of the world"; today deindustrialization has struck it badly. Detroit, Illinois, is even a worse example. We have experienced the same in Europe, but not as strongly. The original is an extremely beautiful song and sadly too little used as basis for a parody.
Patrick - November 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I've heard that some planners want to turn abandoned urban areas in Detroit back into farm land. The remake of Red Dawn was filmed there because there were a lot of buildings that could be blown up.

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