Xenophobia Forever
(to the tune of Solidarity Forever, with apologies to Ralph Chaplin)

We came to Somerville almost a hundred years gone by
The Brahmins said no immigrants would ever need apply.
And we had the mob to live with, but you know we did survive
Now Somerville's our town!

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Xenophobia Forever
Xenophobia Forever
Xenophobia Forever
'Cause Somerville's our town!

We had some good jobs here once, at the Ford Assembly plant
But they started making Edsels and they closed it quickly then
And the Mall went bust, there's nothing there, we haven't got a plan
But Somerville's our town!

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Our kids got a good upbringing, the finest in the world
Then off they went to college and moved out to the suburbs
The rest of us are stuck here, and our needs are poorly served
But Somerville's our town!

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We've got our friends in City Hall, they've got the jobs for us
And our relatives and friends, so they are people we can trust
Anyway the Mayor's watching, so we don't make any fuss
And Somerville's our town!

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We've got all these new immigrants who take our jobs away
And we've got all these new Barneys, housing costs are up to stay
We can't afford to live here, we are struggling every day
But Somerville's our town!

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The Brahmins gave us trouble, but you know that it's our turn
To slap around those immigrants and Barneys like we were
We'll keep 'em down and run 'em out, they get what they deserve
'Cause Somerville's our town!

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We've got some businessmen who want to build some big-box stores
Barneys say the traffic's bad, the stores will bring in even more
And the traffic makes pollution, but the Mayor is on board
And Somerville's our town!

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The Barneys and the loonies and the educated brats
They are talking lung disease and we just wish they'd shut their traps
Say the businessmen are jerking us, these smarty pants have facts
But Somerville's our town!

Xenophobia Forever
Xenophobia Forever
Xenophobia Forever
'Cause Somerville's our town!

04-Sep-2006