I Went to Sleep on Erie (live, acoustic)

by Bryan Eldridge Hurst

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A selection from a radio show, "Live at the Bunbury," that aired on Louisville's WFPK sometime around 2000. The song is about the old Highland Park neighborhood in central Louisville, which was declared "blighted" by the city during the 1990s to pave way for the expansion of the Louisville International Airport. There were families who had been in the neighborhood for generations, going back to when it was first developed in the 1880s. Although families were relocated and the houses and commercial buildings were raised, the airport has never expanded to the area, and the area remains vacant, most of its streets and alleys still there.

lyrics

I went to sleep on Erie, just like every other night
I went to sleep on Erie, just like every other night
I went to sleep on Erie, but I woke up on Southern Heights

I grew up on Erie, at the corner of Louisville
I grew up on Erie, at the corner of Louisville
And if the city'd let me, I'd probably live there still

Daddy worked on the railroad, `til the railroads all left town
Daddy worked on the railroad, `til the railroads all left town
And then the airport moved in, making that awful sound

Go tell everyone on Dakota, on down to Wabasso
Go tell everyone on Dakota, on down to Wabasso
The aldermen and the mayor, they all said it's time to go

The aldermen and the mayor, never asked me what I thought
The aldermen and the mayor, never asked me what I thought
But I guess when you get no choice, anybody can be bought

Last night at Saint Leo's they had one more fish fry
Last night at Saint Leo's they had one more fish fry
And I sang a Baptist church song, that would've made the sisters cry

I went to sleep on Erie, just like every other night
I went to sleep on Erie, just like every other night
I went to sleep on Erie, but I woke up on Southern Heights
I went to sleep on Erie, but I woke up on Southern Heights
I went to sleep on Erie...

credits

released September 19, 2014
Bryan Eldridge Hurst: acoustic guitar, vocals; Butch Morgan: electric guitar, backing vocal; Peter Rhee: violin. Recorded at the Bunbury Theatre, Louisville KY, for radio broadcast.

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