Waiting on the Day

from All in This Together by Conor Ryan Hennessy



I used to know the gamblers,
The crooks and night ramblers
Who's stories made ya laugh and cry at once
But now the bookies are all gone,
'Cause the people with green lawns
Buy their kids a city condo once a month

They're a waitin' on the day
They're a waitin' on the day
for my friends to drop and die
Yeah, they're forming up their lines
For the chance to buy some Boston real estate

There was a man named Marty Walsh
And it was under his watch
That the city started tearing out it's homes
And it didn't take too long
Just as long to write this song
For the children of the wealthy to make thrones

The Boston accent is all gone
replaced by valley girls and yawns
and emoji's when they can't think of the words
They like chain restaurants, and bars you can bring your aunt
no one smokes, or jokes or smiles anymore

My friends all moved to Texas,
Oklahoma, Georgia, Kansas
Cause rent became an unattainable thing
They packed up all their things
witticisms, and their dreams
I still see them once and a while on a screen

Harvard was a college founded 'round sixteen hundred
to educate the natives at the time
Since then it grew and prospered
and ballooned into the monster
buying homes in droves while driving up their price

All you people with nice cars,
if you should drive em wide and far
far aways from where my friends like to have fun
Sure I get you like croquet, you spend a thousand bucks a day
but your dollars send good people on the run

The truth is this is bigger than a neighborhood or city
The whole country's got a wealth gap and it shows
And the people benefiting like the safety of the suburbs
the antithesis to interesting folks


from All in This Together, released March 19, 2021


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