Our Town

James Taylor sang a song for the movie, Cars, titled “Our Town.”  It is one of my favorites.

The storyline is a small town that was once thriving but is no longer.  The town was located on the fabled US Route 66. Then the Interstate arrived and by-passed the town. Since then it has been slowly dying.

That scenario exists today.  Just substitute any small town in America for the one in the movie. Instead of the arrival of the interstate, substitute the liberal economic policies of Obama and the democrat leaders in Congress. 

You can see the results yourself. Just drive down any highway and look at the empty, abandoned buildings, the empty gas stations, small businesses, former construction lots…all empty, overgrown with weeds and covered with For Sale and realtor signs.

These are the lyrics of Our Town.  Substitute a word , here and there, and it becomes your town.

Long ago, but not so very long ago
The world was different, oh yes it was
You settled down and you built a town and made it live
And you watched it grow
It was your town

Time goes by, time brings changes, you change, too
Nothing comes that you can’t handle, so on you go
Never see it coming, the world caves in on you
On your town
Nothing you can do.

Main street isn’t main street anymore
Lights don’t shine as brightly as they shone before
Tell the truth, lights don’t shine at all
In our town

Sun comes up each morning
Just like it’s always done
Get up, go to work, start the day,
Open up for business that’s never gonna come
As the world rolls by a million miles away

Main street isn’t main street anymore
No one seems to need us like they did before
It’s hard to find a reason left to stay
But it’s our town
Love it anyway
Come what may, it’s our town.

[Thanks to gjcoram@yahoo.com for lyrics]

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