Urban Blight

from by Urban Blight Players

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lyrics

Urban
White flight
Everybody’s moving out to St. Charles
I guess it’s just the St. Louis way
We move farther and farther out each day

Urban sprawl
Nothing at all
We just want another shopping mall
Hey son don’t you curse
We need another Bath and Body Works

Mr. Yuppie and me in his S.U.V.
Four wheeling down 270
From his way you’d better get the hell out
He was the first in his Catholic grade school class
To sell out to…

CHORUS

You don’t have to dial 1 before 636
Crossing the Missouri River Styx
Do you know where I can find a Walgreens store
There’s one on every block

But we could sure use more
Prescription ready for Mr. Michael-ski
So I just got back from North County
Where they have ‘bout 57 municipalities (really, I counted)
Have you been to Bellfontaine Neighbors…
Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, or Bel-Acres?

CHORUS

Macaroni Grill or the P.F. Chang’s
Chain restaurants are where the Yuppies hang
For about twenty bucks a platter
But when you’re a neurosurgeon from Ladue
Hell, it doesn’t matter

CUSTOMER: I’ll have the Tuscan Tortilla Salad

WAITER: Is that all?

CUSTOMER: Yes, thank you

St. Louis Centre was great
When Vince Coleman was great
Yes, a seven-story Famous-Barr right up the street
It’s still there if you want to go shopping
You can spend all day
But it won’t be hopping

Now, St. Louis Mills
There’s the mall to beat
Out where 270 and 370 meet
Shop til’ you drop at stores galore
‘Cause St. Louis Centre ain’t the shit no more

CHORUS

So let me take ya’ll now
To downtown
There’s no urban blight
It’s urban renewal around!
Just check out the Washington Avenue sights:
Brand new sidewalks and runway lights

Think of the brand new things to come
Luxury lofts and a new Busch Stadium
But remember folks though it might look pretty
It takes more than bricks and mortar to build a city

That’s why I’m talking about the…

CHORUS

St. Louey!

Everybody!

credits

from Big Small Town, released December 5, 2004
Benjy: drums, vocals
Wally: bass, vocals
Bill: vocals, guitar
Trung: vocals
The Urban Sprawl Percussion Ensemble: tambourine, 4" chime, electric mixer, bongos, egg beater, flour sifter, tri-tone samba whistle, music stand, 10" tom-tom case, pan lid, baby rattle, claves, splash cymbal, dominoes, blender, crumpled paper, zydeco washboard tie, shaker, agogo bells, cowbell, Mardi Gras beads, trombone, 7Up® can

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Bill Michalski Saint Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO musician Bill Michalski combines an acoustic singer-songwriter style with the energy and color of new wave pop. Michalski's lyrics feature a sometimes nostalgic, often wry view on WHAT WE DO AROUND HERE in day-to-day life. Michalski has been recording and performing music since his high school days in 1993. WHAT WE DO AROUND HERE is his first release since 2011. ... more

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