In line with the notion that folk songs all need to be updated, this tune came to mind driving through Ballard, the formerly Norwegian town which was consumed by Seattle at one point.
Like Ballard, the song is completely original. It starts with a the Chorus:
I want to go down to Condo Canyon.
I want to see what happened to Old Ballard.
I want to go down to Condo Canyon. I want to see where the old town has gone.
Then adds a verse: You will not recognize Ballard. You will not recognize the locks.
You wont recognize Market Street. Lined with Condo Blocks.
And the Bridge:
Yippie Kai eh, Condo Canyon, Yippie Kai Eh Condo’s tall
Yippie Kai Eh, Condo Canyon, Crowded out Leif Erickson Hall
Another verse before ending with the Chorus:
What ever happened to the Norwegians? Whatever happened to their craftsman homes?
All knocked down for the condos. All knocked down for Jeff Bezos.
Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen, another fine folk song to mark the age we live in, where things of intrinsic value are swept aside in favor of the “Tyranny of the New”.