Courtesy of The Blue Spade, aka, Scott Bandy, following are the lyrics to his latest parody, Charlottesville, a song about the title city’s recent “Celebrate 250” extravaganza, and the municipality’s overblown self-perspective.

Sung to the tune of Billy Joel’s, “Allentown,” this version was performed live on The Schilling Show, November 9, 2012, to a radio audience of thousands.

Click below to hear an audio recording of Scott Bandy’s amazing rendering of this classic rock tune.



Well we sigh here that, “that’s Charlottesville”
Without end to all the nepotist fill
Up in city hall they’re on a bend
Grabbing each grant, fixing to spend

And progressive obsessions don’t stop
As the unemployed rate struggles to drop
And the one community plan seeks
Input from you, input to tweak

And we sigh here that, “that’s Charlottesville”
But malaise and indigence bode ill
With every mall bench moved out of the way-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

And we bemoan that, “that’s Charlottesville”
For a burnished Comprehensive Plan still
For the promises diverse and green
To an extreme, no in-between

So sustainable could mean anything
But vision 2025’s in full swing
What’s perpetual or in a year
Social cred or civic veneer

And we bemoan that, “that’s Charlottesville”
But they’ve filled every last inch of infill
And planning commission absolves away-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

Once beside whence every dependent sought
UVa for career, whatever and naught
But rights and government hit head-on and clash
Making the Constitution out as tho rash


Well, I also moan, “that’s Charlottesville”
Witnessing zoned high-dense overkill
But the planners don’t quite see it that way-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

And Rob Schilling chose no longer to stay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay
And we sigh here that, “that’s Charlottesville”




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