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Billy Joel – Allentown lyrics

Well we're living here in Allentown
And they're closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line

Well our fathers from the second world war
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore
Met our mothers at the USO
Asked them to dance
Danced with them slow
And we're living here in Allentown

But the restlessness was handed down
And it's getting very hard to stay

Well we're waiting here in Allentown
For the Pennsylvania we never found
For the promises our teachers gave
If we worked hard
If we behaved

So the graduations hang on the wall
But they never really helped us at all
No they never taught us what was real
Iron and coke
And chromium steel
And we're waiting here in Allentown

But they've taken all the coal from the ground
And the union people crawled away

Every child had a pretty good shot
To get at least as far as their old man got
But something happened on the way to that place
They threw an American flag in our face

Well I'm living here in Allentown
And it's hard to keep a good man down
But I won't be getting up today

And it's getting very hard to stay
And we're living here in Allentown

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  • u
    Union deals, lobbyists and federal government became more important than the people working and producing in our country. The profits of government and unions became more important than the profits of companies that built american towns and kept them thriving. The other half is that americans became lazy and thought these industries would last forever as if these jobs were some kind of legacy and therefore never looked into the future. Today president 0bama has capitalized on this theme and has taken advantage of this plight in an attempt to breakdown the american fiber and force socialism on the people of the greatest democracy on the face of the earth.
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  • u
    The history of the pa mining tycoons. The unions were saviors for men dying of black lung. The energy profiteers strip mined the land, leaving homes and towns literally falling into sink-holes. Workers were abused and died in the mines, so you could have better working conditions today. Have some respect or apply for a factory job in china and die of pollution, abuse, and have your child sold into child labor.
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