Big Green Coffee Shop

There’s a new Starbucks
where I used to purchase a slice.
I really miss that pizza
but the gentry thinks it quite nice.
Doesn’t it always seem to be
that gentrification happens to me?
Cost a twenty for my order
– which used to get me two pies.

I would head to Nino’s
after an open mic.
They were open late,
and once I could bring in my bike.
Do you suppose that will still occur
if I ask that new Starbucks manager?
I’m no fan of change
and this is some change I don’t like.

This place was more fun
back when I was a kid.
Yeah, when I was young,
I enjoyed everything I did.
What with Nino’s lost and now Starbucks found,
it’s getting hard to get around.
These days it seems
this whole damned row has skidded.

This neighborhood
has surely seen better days.
With the old haunts gone,
us old dogs’re finding new ways.
Doesn’t it always seem to you
that the world was better when you were new?
Yeah, this neighborhood
has surely seen better days.

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