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This is an English Roots song written by Nic Jones back in the 1970s, but it’s just as relevant today and in most countries on this ailing planet of ours. This is Nic’s comment on developers and planners who are slowly and inexorably destroying the countryside and heritage in the name of progress. England particularly has lost much of its greenbelt to urban sprawl and housing developments. Unscrupulous politicians and developers can be found everywhere that greed is handsomely rewarded which means the world over really. The song is a warning to us all to keep an eye on unscrupulous people, but a hint of hopelessness in the final verse – what can ordinary people do to deter the rich and powerful? The message is that doing something, anything, is better than doing nothing at all, but we shouldn’t get our hopes up too soon.

Lyrics


Chorus:
All around the country, They're changing green to grey,
What grows up for a century, In a minute you can throw it away.


They come down here with chainsaws, They come down with JCBs
They're digging up all of the hedgerows, boys, And they're digging up all of the trees.

Saw the man, the engineer, Pocket-full of TNT
And he laid it under the mountain side, And blew it to eternity.

I lived down by the meadow, I used to live down by the wood,
But they come down with bricks and ready-mix, Now there's a city where the trees once stood.

You can spend your lifetime, Writing to bureaucracy
But you'll use up so much paper, You'll just be digging up another tree.

They come down here with chainsaws, They come down with JCBs
They're digging up all of the hedgerows, boys, And they're digging up all of the trees.

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