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Heidi Winzinger: Music

Last Farm

(Heidi Winzinger)
Heidi Winzinger
We all know that sinking feeling when we drive by that farm we saw a thousand times quietly working away in agricultural production. Then one day, we drive by and there is a for sale sign and before you know it, they are building a development. This song was inspired specifically by a farm in Lumberton New Jersey, but it applies to any farm anywhere. Same sadness.
(note: this song is an updated version from the Snow Day CD version. I think this is the way the song should have been recorded in the first place. :-) )

Verse 1:
The last farm in our town is goin’ down
The auctioneer called til’ it was all gone
Some of us made a fuss
But they say “it’s just progress”
Now there’s boxes in a row
Where sweet corn used to grow
The last farm in town is goin’ down

Verse 2:
The last farm in our town is goin’ down
They’re clearin’ all the land and breakin’ ground
Such is the farmer’s fate
Right here, in the Garden State
Now there’s no more rows to hoe
If there ain’t no crops to grow
The last farm in town is goin’ down

Bridge:
I wonder what becomes of this the land?
If all the generations don’t take a stand
Acre by acre it gets lost
Under concrete foundations and black asphalt

Verse 3:
For the last farm in our town is goin’ down
The woods falling off the old farm stand
You’ll have to drive way out of this town
To see a plow tillin’ the ground
Cause the only crop around here
Is cut with a riding John Deere
The last farm in our town is goin; down