Chavez Ravine song lyrics: Dodger Stadium baseball L.A.: In the Ravine. Walter O'Malley, Ry Cooder.  MickTerry.com

Chavez Ravine song lyrics: Dodger Stadium baseball L.A.: In the Ravine. Walter O'Malley, Ry Cooder.  MICK TERRY
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( Chavez Ravine Dodger Stadium baseball song lyrics )
IN THE RAVINE
Copyright 2005 - MickTerry.com

Juan Barco drags his dusty boot around
in the dirt right outside the stadium
& reaffirms he will never step- inside.
"My Grandpa owned his own- house & grounds
that, at gunpoint, they came & dragged him from.
Just three months more, a- broken man-, he died.

"A placid little community
nestled high in the forested- hills,
Chavez Ravine was the place our people called home.
But someone saw the opportunity
to make millions if they would- build
a temple made of concrete, steel- & stone.

    "IN THE RAVINE, the coyote howls
    & is answered only by the wind.
    IN THE RAVINE, the bear merely growls
    & he gets nearly everything.

"The good folk governing Los Angeles
deemed the town something of a bad- blight,
an eyesore best re-solved by tearing it down.
The poor folk living in Chavez Ravine
weren't equipped to be giving a- fight
against police & the National Guard in their town.

    CHORUS

        "Promises made, promises broken.
        So, what's new in the game?
        Promises made, promises broken
        & they call it 'eminent domain'.

"They promised housing where our homes had been,
but for ten years our land just rots away.
'We're doing this for your own good', was- their schpiel.
The gods of baseball were invited in,
looking for a- new- place to stay,
while angels of highest order smoothed all the deals.

    CHORUS

        "Now, I'm no big fan of big business
        or big league base-ball, too.
        Way too much gets bulldozed aside
        & you never hear the truth.
        & even if there's disclosure,
        will something ever be done?
        Way too much money changing hands
        to be stopped by anyone."

Juan Barco drags his dusty boot around
in the dirt right outside the stadium
& reaffirms he will never step- inside ...

    CHORUS

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( The issue is not a matter of immigration, but of illegal immigration. )

Telling the story of Chavez Ravine   1949 - 1957:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0623/p11s01-almp.html :
"Before the bulldozers came, the valley of Chavez Ravine was stubbled with clapboard homes & shanties. Surrounded by a moat of Los Angeles highway, the hilly enclave was home to more than 300 families - mostly of Mexican heritage - by 1949.

Though the community had its own stores, school & church, Los Angeles officials viewed the area as an eyesore & invoked the power of eminent domain to uproot the Ravine's residents. 'Bulldozers, the National Guard, & LAPD in the dead of night, evicting people from their homes - actually dragging them from their homes.'

By the time of that final reckoning on May 8, 1959, the ravine was already largely empty, its residents long since scattered. The city had originally intended to clear the land for public housing, ostensibly to help the very people it had displaced. But the proposed development hit several snags, both legal & political. Finally, after years of protracted arguments between competing interests, the 300-acre area was sold to Walter O'Malley, owner of the Dodgers."


( http://u.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,211~23540~2950683,00.html ) :
( no longer active )
"The Chavez Ravine eviction, beginning in July 1950 when residents of the canyon received letters from the city telling them that they would have to sell their homes in order to make way for the proposed Elysian Park Heights, got scant media coverage at the time. Some homeowners relocated, but others resisted & were labeled squatters; most received little or no compensation for their property.

By summer 1952, a decade before the $23 million ballpark opened, Chavez Ravine was essentially a ghost town, & in the ensuing years, the houses were sold, auctioned and even set ablaze, used as practice sites by the local fire department. After a highly political battle connected to the 1955 mayoral election, the original low-cost housing plan for the site was abandoned.

Legend has it that when Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley was negotiating with the city of Los Angeles in 1957 over the deal that would take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, he & a county supervisor took a helicopter ride over Los Angeles to look for potential stadium sites. Flying over the empty 300-acre lot at Chavez Ravine, surrounded by freeways & within sight of the downtown skyline, O'Malley is said to have pointed & asked, 'Can I have that one?'
The supervisor replied, 'No problem.'"

Ry Cooder's 2005 CD : Chavez Ravine

To other immigration song lyrics:   SPEAKEE ZE ANGLEESH?
To other political song lyrics:   CAN WE TALK?
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