The Old Staten Island Farms

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THE OLD STATEN ISLAND FARMS
© Bob Wright
G D C G
It used to be the trees nestled up against the sea
C D
And the water from the springs ran cold and clear
G D
There were riches in the bay
C G
And the topsoil and the clay
C D
And the sun shined on the people living here
C D
You know it don’t seem fair

(chorus)
C D
That I’m surrounded by rows of houses
Em C
the places I used to love are gone
D
they’re gone the way of the wetlands
G
and the old Staten Island farms


then some ships came into view
and the native people knew
that life for them would never be the same
and the changes came so fast
they erased most of the past
I don’t know who to blame
(chorus) cause

and the villages and farms filled the gentle hills with barns
and the pastures flowed with cattle and with corn
and as good as they might do it
someone else would say improve it
people never can leave well enough alone
and now it all is gone
(chorus) and

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from HARBORTOWN, released January 1, 2004

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He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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