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With apologies to Randy Bachman and Neil Young

 

Born and raised in a prairie town

Once a proud Winnipeg

Didn't have much, but we could cross the street

No fear of breaking a leg

 

They barricaded the heart of town

They built a mall underground

They signed a deal to last 40 years

They turned us all into clowns

 

Can not cross the street, using just two feet

Portage and Main, forced down below!

Tourists, they get lost, just trying to cross

Portage and Main, forced down below!

 

All the life in a prairie town

Comes from peeps on the street

Build cities for cars? You won't get far

We can't concede this defeat

 

There is still hope for Winnipeg

We can atone for the past

Smash the barricades, tear down this wall

Stop sitting around on your ass

 

Open up this place, end our sad disgrace

Portage and Main, forced down below!

If you renew this deal, the wrath that you shall feel!

Portage and Main, forced down below!

Portage and Main, forced down below!

Adapted from Prairie Town, written by Randy Bachman and recorded by Bachman and Neil Young in 1992.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 22, 2014 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.

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Email: bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

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