The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Big Yellow Unregulated Taxi

They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot,
When the Fed used Eminent Domain to seize that beautiful plot.

Don't it always seem to go
that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.

Now those who used to visit enjoyed a majestic view
that didn't generate enough tax revenue.

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.

Hey there farmer, why'd you need those subsidies?
Where there now grows tobacco used to be a forest of trees,
Please!

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.

Some folks detest that desire creates a price,
But that's what ensures that people won't destroy paradise,

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.

They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.

Only government would be so stupid as to put up a parking lot.

While destroying the reason for the parking lot.

5 Comments:

  • Well done Paul, the meter is a bit shakey at times, but I feel it's a better job at covering than the Counting Crows.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 7:59 PM  

  • I kind of liked the Counting Crows cover of that song.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 11:42 AM  

  • I like it, except for Vanessa Carlton going "Hmmmm, bop bop bop." Very annoying.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 5:52 PM  

  • i like the counting (or "lesser" if you prefer) crows a lot, but that song is godawful. now i know who to blame for it's ubiquitosness! (is that a word?)

    i'm donating right now to the campaign of a politician who plans to seize your houses and convert them into a house of blues, where government regulations stipulate that song never be played.

    By Blogger ahren, at 7:18 PM  

  • Ahren, do you hate just their version, or the Joni Mitchell original as well? And is it the music, or the message?

    It's always been the message for me. The tune is pretty catchy, I just always wondered who "they" were.

    Incidentally, the best Crows song (lesser my ass, you people and your Chris Robinson. What's the deal?) is Mrs. Potter's Lullaby.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:33 PM  

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