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Take Action! Sing-Along To DDR Monster Mall Promoters Tonight Wednesday 8/26/09 Redwood Valley (Updated)

In !ACTION CENTER!, Vote No on Measure A on August 25, 2009 at 7:30 am

Mendocino County

August 25, 2009 Ukiah Valley, Mendocino, North California

The Bronnettes singing group strikes AGAIN and all others that would like to participate, are welcome to copy the words below, which (loosely) goes to the Ernie Ford song Sixteen Tons.

DDR is planning a Community Town Hall meeting tonight, 6:15 ish or 6:30 is when we plan to sing.

The place….Redwood Valley Grange, 8650 East Road, near the Fire Station I’m told. Please feel free to make as many copies as you want… pass them around… an unofficial “No on A anthem”? Come sing with us, bring friends, we’ll have a few copies there to pass around too I believe. By the way, I find that snapping my fingers keeps a steady beat through out this piece plus I believe there will be guitar to keep us all “mostly together”.

Vote No on A Anthem
[Original lyrics here.]

some… people say a town is made out of shops,
but a good town has a lotta mom and pops,
mom and pops – not yer great big box -
the money stays here on our own sidewalks

with a DDR mall, what do you get -
another credit card and deeper in debt.
if there’s enuff water for a great big mall
you can be sure that they’ll take it all.

DDR’s too broke to develop what it owns,
that’s why they want us to pass a re-zone,
they can turn around and sell it to a bigger guy,
and no one knows if the project will fly.

now… other comp’nys work with the peoples plan,
but these carpetbaggers do whatever they can,
we’ll be stuck with it even if it ain’t right,
as we stop on State at the seventh stop light

they… come to town with a lofty scam,
promise big ol’ stores and housing, man!
but there ain’t enuff water, its toxic land,
and they want to throw out our General Plan

well… if you think shopping’s gonna set you free,
from all your worries about the econ-o-mee,
remember corporations don’t give a damn,
foreclosures and bailouts are reality, ma’am!

with a DDR mall, what do you get -
another credit card and deeper in debt.
if there’s enuff water for a great big mall
you can be sure that they’ll take it all.

so… its No on A, we want Ukiah to stay
the nicest little town in Cal-i-for-ni-a,
say No on A becuz what its for
is to sell your soul to the corporate store (last line slowly)

[I've contributed this little ditty... Original lyrics here. -DS]

Monster Mall Mash

We were working in the lab late one night
When our eyes beheld a terrible sight
For a monster mall began to rise
And suddenly to our surprise


We did the mash
We did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
We did the mash
It caught on in a flash
We did the mash
We did the monster mash

From their laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from our electrodes

The zombies were not having any fun
But the party for us had just begun
We stomped and we shook and we rattled their Chains
Then we sang out loud “For shame, for shame!”

The monster mall shrank back in fear
On its ugly face there formed a tear
Then it turned away walked clear out of sight
And never came back from that terrible night

Now everything’s cool in our part of the land
We have better ideas, ain’t that grand?
We’ll all work together, build a much better space
Cause we care much more about our own fine place.

  1. Great idea! I have sent the info to a couple of related facebook groups, hopefully in time to get more folks out.

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