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Great Song About Why Expats Leave America

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Great Song About Why Expats Leave America

Postby globetrotter » Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:27 am

This old new wave song is about a New Yorker who cannot stand the bridge and tunnel people or those in flyover country.

When looked at from the point of view of an American Expat, it can also be interpreted as a paen to leaving the USA and why we don't want to be there anymore. A sign of great songwriting is that it transcends its time and is open to multiple interpretations.

C D F FG Am
The Big Country
Talking Heads
1978 - Sire Records

I see the shapes,
I remember from maps.
I see the shoreline.
I see the whitecaps.
A baseball diamond, nice weather down there.
I see the school and the houses where the kids are.
Places to park by the fac'tries and buildings.
Restaurants and bars for later in the evening.
Then we come to the farmlands, and the undeveloped areas.
And I have learned how these things work together.
I see the parkway that passes through them all.
And I have learned how to look at these things and I say,

(CHORUS)

I wouldn't live there if you paid me.
I couldn't live like that, no siree!
I couldn't do the things the way those people do.
I couldn't live there if you paid me to.

I guess it's healthy, I guess the air is clean.
I guess those people have fun with their neighbors and friends.
Look at that kitchen and all of that food.
Look at them eat it' guess it tastes real good.

They grow it in the farmlands
And they take it to the stores
They put it in the car trunk
And they bring it back home
And I say ...

(CHORUS)

I say, I wouldn't live there if you paid me.
I couldn't live like that, no siree!
I couldn't do the things the way those people do.
I wouldn't live there if you paid me to.

I'm tired of looking out the windows of the airplane
I'm tired of travelling, I want to be somewhere.
It's not even worth talking
About those people down there.

Goo Goo Ga Ga Ga
Goo Goo Ga Ga Ga
Send "The Big Country" Ring
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