Preservation Soundtrack

By Kristine Chase

I was reminded of a project my friend and I did in order to procrastinate from writing our theses when I read Kaitlin’s post about homemade bread with the Kinks’ lyrics.

While I was procrastinating on finishing up my master’s thesis, I got an idea in my head about soundtracks and songs about preservation. As a graduation gift for all my fellow class mates, I made CDs of songs I had found that dealt with preservation, old buildings, development and downtowns. A book of Historic Preservation cartoons is in existence so why not a CD of preservation songs? I’m surprised someone hasn’t come up with this before- Folk music is largely about social activism. Why hasn’t the National Trust come up with a preservation anthem?

So these are the songs I found and it’s still a work in progress. My favorites are Developer’s Lullaby, Queen Anne Front, Gentrification Blues, and The House. Enjoy!


Developer’s Lullaby by Bank-B-Gone Compilation

Our House by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Houses in the Fields by John Gorka

This Old House by Loretta Lynn

Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds

Industrial Park by the Mammals

Daddy Won’t Sell the Farm by Montgomery Gentry

My Town by Montgomery Gentry

Wal-mart Associate’s Mandatory International Anthem by Paul Kotheimer

Queen Anne Front by Pete Seeger

Downtown by Petula Clark

Gentrification Blues by The Shakes

Jesus of Suburbia by Green Day

A Song is Not a Business Plan by The Rocket Summer (discovered after taking a class on non-profits)

Hey Levittown by Bob Koenig (he has a couple of albums about Levittown)

Village Green Preservation Society also done by Kate Rusby

The House Song by Peter, Paul and Mary