In this dirty old part of the city / Where the sun refused to shine / People tell me there ain’t no use in tryin’
We Gotta Get Out of This Place , performed by The Animals, was written in 1965 by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (Brill-Building-era composers responsible for many hits). The song’s timeless angst has been embraced by many fed-up, walks of life in the past 5 decades; the military, graduates, the working class and most recently, peasants known as Rockfordians from Illinois who are seeking a decent—we know ‘better’ is too much to ask or work hard for anymore—walk of life somewhere else.
Rise, peasants, rise! This is your song— now, leave!
Oink oink, bah bah, moo.