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​Green to Grey

This song is by Nic Jones and appears on the live compilation album In Search Of Nic Jones (1998).

All around the country
They're changing green to grey.
What grows up for a century,
In a minute you can throw it away.

They come down here with chainsaws,
They come down with JCBs.
They're digging up all of the hedgerows, boys,
And they're digging up all of the trees.

All around the country
They're changing green to grey.
What grows up for a century,
In a minute you can throw it away.

Saw the man, the engineer,
Pocket-full of TNT.
And he laid it under the mountain side
And blew it to eternity.

All around the country
They're changing green to grey.
What grows up for a century,
In a minute you can throw it away.

I lived down by the meadow,
I used to live down by the wood.
But they've come down with bricks and ready-mix
And there's a city where the trees once stood.

All around the country
They're changing green to grey.
What grows up for a century,
In a minute you can throw it away.

You can spend your lifetime
Writing to bureaucracy.
But you'll use up so much paper,
You'll just be digging up another tree.

All around the country
They're changing green to grey.
What grows up for a century,
In a minute you can throw it away.

They come down here with chainsaws,
They come down with JCBs.
They're digging up all of the hedgerows, boys,
And they're digging up all of the trees.

All around the country
They're changing green to grey.
What grows up for a century,
In a minute you can throw it away.

Written by:

Nic Jones