My Land is Your Land

2006-05-31

I've written a political protest song against eminent domain abuse but haven't recorded it yet (I hope to do so soon). Here are the words, to the tune of "This Land is Your Land":

My land is your land, my land ain't my land
If you're connected and say you'll use it
To pay more taxes or please the planners
My land was made for you to steal

As I went walking out on that highway
I saw developers taking our property
I heard rapacious big corporations
Saying our land's for them to steal

My land is your land, my land ain't my land
If you're connected and say you'll use it
To pay more taxes or please the planners
My land was made for you to steal

In fair New London near old Fort Trumbull
There lived a woman named Susette Kelo
The politicians told her to vacate
They said your land's for us to steal

The politicians in fair New London
Weren't building bridges or schools or highways
They took that neighborhood to give to Pfizer
They said this land's for us to steal

My land is your land, my land ain't my land
If you're connected and say you'll use it
To pay more taxes or please the planners
My land was made for you to steal

The Constitution forbids all takings
Except for public use with compensation
But our Supreme Court said that's all bunkum
They said our land's for them to steal

My land is your land, my land ain't my land
If you're connected and say you'll use it
To pay more taxes or please the planners
My land was made for you to steal


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