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  • Tom Paxton
  • Evacuation, evacuation
    They say we'll all have time to pack our bags
    And head for safer ground
    Evacuation, evacuation
    We might as well prepare to walk
    Across Long Island Sound

    If you're doing up some cookies and the whistle starts to blow
    And the kids are at the movies and you've got three feet of snow
    You can jump into the Volvo and go find your family
    Then you'll head for the Expressway, where the going's always free

    For the honchos up at Lilco have a dilly of a plan
    If there's trouble out at Shoreham every woman, child or man
    Can be sure of reaching safety, can come in out of the cold
    Not one person will have problems if they'll do as they are told

    We are living on an island, just in case it slipped their minds
    When a person wants to leave it, here is what that person finds
    There are just so many bridges, there are just so many boats
    So unless you own a chopper, well I hope your tushie floats

    Every time it starts to sprinkle and the wind begins to blow
    First the lights begin to flicker, then the power starts to go
    As I sit here lighting candles I see Shoreham by the sea
    If they run that like they run this then they've seen the last of me

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1988:] This is one of the more recent songs. We have a nuclear power plant on Long Island which we've so far blocked from opening. It's a place called Shoreham, and it belongs to the Long Island Lighting Company, known as Lilco, which has assured us residents of Long Island that we need not fear any catastrophe, but if anything should go wrong not to worry because we'll all be evacuated from Long Island in utter safety and in perfect order, apparently. According to them, they had a test, and it worked ... So even though I felt immensely reassured, I still felt called upon to write a little song. (Tom Paxton, intro 'Politics')

  • For further info on nuclear establishments see 'Take the Children and Run'
  • For 'tushie' see


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