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Big Yellow Bus

With apologies to Joni Mitchell

 

The field's really nice

Too bad it's a parking lot

The sightlines are great, but it's hard just to get to that spot

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got till it's gone

The field's really nice

Too bad it's a parking lot

 

Spent $200 mill

To build 'em a new coliseum

Then they asked all the fans

To get on a bus just to see 'em

Don't it always seem to go

That we can't do nothin'

right in this town

New bowl's kinda nice

Too bad it's a parking lot

 

Late last night

Finally made my way home

Took a big yellow bus

But the benefits were overblown

Used to really like to go

To Polo Park but now that's joint's gone

New field's really nice

Too bad it's a parking lot

 

Adapted from Big Yellow Taxi, recorded by Joni Mitchell in 1970.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 22, 2013 D2

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About Bartley Kives

Bartley Kives wants you to know his last name rhymes with Beavis, as in Beavis and Butthead. He aspires to match the wit, grace and intelligence of the 1990s cartoon series.

Bartley joined the Free Press in 1998 as a music critic. He spent the ensuing 7.5 years interviewing the likes of Neil Young and David Bowie and trying to stay out of trouble at the Winnipeg Folk Festival before deciding it was far more exciting to sit through zoning-variance appeals at city hall.

In 2006, Bartley followed Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz from the music business into civic politics. He spent seven years covering city hall from a windowless basement office.

He is now reporter-at-large for the Free Press and also writes an outdoor-recreation column called Offroad for the Outdoors page.

A canoeist, backpacker and food geek, Bartley is fond of conventional and wilderness travel. He is the author of A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba: Exploring Canada’s Undiscovered Province, the only comprehensive travel guidebook for Manitoba – and a Canadian bestseller, to boot. He is also co-author of Stuck In The Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg, a collaboration with photographer Bryan Scott.

Bartley appears every second Wednesday on CityTV’s Breakfast Television. His work has also appeared on CBC Radio and in publications such as National Geographic Traveler, explore magazine and Western Living.

Born in Winnipeg, he has an arts degree from the University of Winnipeg and a master’s degree in journalism from Ottawa’s Carleton University. He is the proud owner of a blender.

On Twitter: @bkives
Email: bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

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