Rewriting pop music chestnut

Dear Editor:

For those who may remember or have been around long enough, there was a song written by Jimmy Driftwood and popularized by Johnny Horton.

The song title was “The Battle of New Orleans.” It was crazy in format and looked at fighting in a rather ridiculously comical way.  However, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, I’m sure, an earworm of the times.

I have chosen to parody that ditty dealing with our own battle regarding parkland use, Hopefully it will convey some meaning and cause people to reflect. I don’t intend for it to be recorded just give a salient message
Requiem for Our Parkland
In Twenty Fifteen we took a little walk
Down to Skaha Park to have a little talk.
About the travesty of justice and the hush-hush meetings held
With Council and with Trio, something fishy really smelled.
It makes one think of pre-election promises that were made
Of openness and honesty left hiding in the shade.
As time went on and all surreptitious dealing done
Came the City pundits “faces shining in the sun!”
They ran from the public to find a place to hide
They huddied with each other afraid to go outside
No comments on their actions or statements to defend them
They feared for their reps and the “R word”… referendum.
The mayor and city council brought about the park malaise
And most concerned citizens could see right through the haze
A deal that’s good for Trio and not so good for us
We lose beloved parkland that’s why we’re making such a fuss.
The green space that’s in question and to us it is so dear
The City’s given Trio title for 29 plus one years
How could you be so narrow minded in deciding parkland use
The underhanded dealings that make your thought process obtuse
(Repeat Refrain)

Ron Barillaro