`New York City Refugee’

 

A folk song about how real estate developers, landlords, and their political allies gentrified New York City after 1971; and created a native New Yorker refugee population.

lyrics

I was born in the Bronx 
And I grew up in Queens 
But then I became 
A New York City refugee. 

The millionaires came 
From all over the globe 
And bought up Manhattan 
And drove me from my home. 

I was born in the Bronx 
And I grew up in Queens 
And when forced out of Brooklyn 
Became a New York City refugee. 

They gentrified Brooklyn 
And part of the Bronx 
They co-oped Manhattan 
And Queens apartments. 

I was born in the Bronx 
And I grew up in Queens 
On Staten Island I lived 
But now I’m a New York City refugee. 

Landlords and their lawyers 
De-controlled rents 
And with Wall Street developers 
Ripped-off their tenants. 

I was born in the Bronx 
And I grew up in Queens 
Many native New Yorkers 
Are now New York City refugees. 

But on the Lower East Side 
These words are now heard: 
“New York City refugees 
Have the right to return!”

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