Jefferson Market Courthouse in New York

A Love Affair with a Landmark in Manhattan: An Arresting Drama in Greenwich Village. [Opinions expressed are the views of OLD JEFF unless attributed to other - - potentially less-reliable - - sources, i.e., newcomers who have not been around since 1832 on Sixth Avenue.]

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Go Ask! [Malice?]

During the 1960s, an acid-rock group Jefferson Airplane was accelerating towards commercial success. Their album Surrealistic Pillow (1967) yielded a few Top Ten hits including "White Rabbit," written by their singer Grace Slick.
Old Jeff has revised her lyrics and hopes you're in the mood for a duet.

• • SLY GRAB-IT • •
[sung to the tune of "WHITE RABBIT" by Grace Slick]

One brick makes you larger
But pollution makes you small
And the lies that Sue Kent feeds you
Don't do anything at all.
Go ask Withers,
When Jeff needs an overhaul.

And if you go chasing funding
And the neighbors hit the wall
Tell 'em a sympathetic senator
Has assented with his scrawl.
No malice,
But repairs will be stalled.

When socialites on the Board
Get up and tell you where to go
And the truth has been uncovered
And your mind is moving slow
It's not malice --
Just politics, you know.

When illogic and masonry
Crumble down on Villagers' heads
And a planned teen lounge's going under
And Sue Kent is "off her head"
Remember what the landmark said:
"Fix my facade instead!
Fix my facade instead!
Fix my facade instead!"
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Jefferson Market.