Allentown (12 Gardens Live) Lyrics - Billy Joel

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Ssssh! Ugh! Ha!

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 fought the Second World War
Spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore…Met our mothers in 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, hey hey hey, whoa oh…Ssssh! Ugh! Ha!

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
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Iron & Coke & 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, hey hey hey

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 fa-a-a-ace
Wo ho...Ssssh! Ugh! Ha!

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

Hey, hey, hey, whoa oh, ssssh! Ugh! Ha!
And it's getting very hard to stay
And we're living here in Allentown






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