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My City Was Gone

Pretenders
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[1982]
Scritta da Chrissie Hynde.
Singolo B-side di “Back On The Chain Gang”, poi nell’album intitolato “Learning to Crawl” del 1983.

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Una canzone su Akron, Ohio, la città natale che Chrissie Hynde lasciò nel 1973 per cercare miglior fortuna in Gran Bretagna. Non fu facile, ma nel 1978 ecco i Pretenders ed il successo. Ritornata a casa parecchi anni dopo, Chrissie Hynde la trovò di molto peggiorata (e dire che Akron è sempre stata la “Rubber Capital of the World” e quindi l’aria non doveva essere un gran che nemmeno quando la Hynde era giovinetta), ridotta ad un tappeto di parcheggi e di centri commerciali, con la loro “muzak” inascoltabile: “Everything's just huge masses of granite blocks, and everything's outsized. It might look good on a drawing, but it doesn't seem to apply to human life.”
I went back to Ohio
But my city was gone
There was no train station
There was no downtown
South Howard had disappeared
All my favorite places
My city had been pulled down
Reduced to parking spaces
A, o, way to go Ohio

Well I went back to Ohio
But my family was gone
I stood on the back porch
There was nobody home
I was stunned and amazed
My childhood memories
Slowly swirled past
Like the wind through the trees
A, o, oh way to go Ohio

I went back to Ohio
But my pretty countryside
Had been paved down the middle
By a government that had no pride
The farms of Ohio
Had been replaced by shopping malls
And Muzak filled the air
From Seneca to Cuyahoga falls
Said, a, o, oh way to go Ohio

inviata da Bernart Bartleby - 5/8/2014 - 13:08



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