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Highway Over Our Heads

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Published on May 13, 2014

(To see lyrics, click "show more" below.) Video protesting the massive shift in airplane traffic at Chicago's O'Hare Airport which puts the burden of noise, fuel, air and visual pollution almost solely on the residents and businesses of the Northwest side and the near NW suburbs.
Visit www.fairchicago.org to make your voice heard.

Highway Over Our Heads by Joel Frankel

Well the northwest side of Chicagoland
has thousands of houses and homes
It has parks to play in with children and friends,
A river and places to roam
But one day the many people living there
looked up as they slipped out of bed
And when they looked up high with their eyes to the sky
they saw a highway over their heads

Highway over their heads
Compliments of the feds
If they lived in this town
If they lived in those houses
The FAA would never allow this

The highway jammed with silver jets
queued up in a never ending line
Some folks below heard the writing on the wall
started looking for a "For Sale" sign
So say good-bye to the peace and the quiet of the night
Say hello to the rumble and the roar
Say goodbye to the health of your family
Say hello to staying indoors

Highway over our heads
Over our roofs and beds
It's pollution of sound, it's pollution of air
But big money's in it so they just don't care

Now there's a way to change where they send these planes
and respect communities
But we gotta make noise from ground up
We gotta make our own db's
Then we won't say good-bye to the sweet outdoors
and we won't say hello to good-bye
Then we wont say goodbye to the rumble and the roar
Just good-bye to the highway in the sky
Highway over our heads
Over our roofs and beds
It's pollution of sound it's pollution of air
All the things that we don't want here.

(copyright Joel Frankel 2014)

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