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I may have already posted a version of this song some months ago, but I like this rewritten version much better and the J-35 seems to work well on it. The early version of the song concentrated too much on economics, and after going back to my hometown in East Central Illinois this summer, I decided the song needed to be rewritten to get like, you know, actual people in it. And some imagery.


That said, I should note the song is NOT about my hometown of Casey, IL, which is enjoying an economic resurgence because of tourism; it is home to (I'm not making this up) the Guinness-certified world's largest rocking chair, golf tee, wind chimes, knitting needles, crochet hooks, pitchfork, mailbox and, any day now, the World's Largest Teeter-Totter.


I may yet turn the third verse into a bridge, but I'm on the fence. Constructive comments/insights are welcome.



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I remember listening to, and liking the previous version. It feels like this is a completely new melody, or? Either way, this one is very ”Springsteen-esque”, and I mean that in the very best sense possible.



Thanks. Yeah, it's a new melody. Not sure how sold I am on the new one, but at some point, you just have to declare something "done" and move on.


Lyrically, the song is about 75 percent new.

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Very nicely done. I've not heard the previous version, but this is one of the better efforts I've heard for a song on this topic. I've written half a dozen tunes in similar fashion that never got past the note-book. Never could get one to deliver the message. I take that back. One morphed into a sort of killing floor blues style song, kind of like "Hard Times Killing Floor Blues" by Chris Thomas King as featured in a campfire scene in the movie, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou". Strayed a long way off topic and genre.


Point is, songs can take a life form of their own, resulting in a while to write. I like what you've done. Very clever. I can't wait for the Sequel - "The Day the Dollar Store Left Town". [biggrin]

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Most of the people around here LOVE the Dollar type stores because it saves them a 20 (or more) mile trip to a larger town to get everyday items at a decent price.


They're huge in Rural areas.


They're big where I came from, too. In a way, you can't blame folks for shopping there; times are hard and if you're trying to stretch a dollar, their prices are attractive. But their profits go to a corporate HQ somewhere and don't stay in the community.


And, like Walmart, when they come to town, they want/demand tax breaks: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/13/dollar-general-walmart-buhler-haven-kansas

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