Unfogged is currently featuring a discussion between “Bob” and Brad DeLong about the ramifications of a troubling popular song lyric:
I just have to point this out, just because the Counting Crows cover of “Big Yellow Taxi” is on the radio all the time now and it’s been annoying me:
No one would pave paradise to put up a parking lot. Anyplace that would likely be called “paradise” wouldn’t be near enough to shops, office buildings, etc., to make a parking lot worthwhile.
Of course, while we’re on hippy anthems I should point out that, in fact, “freedom” is most assuredly not a synonym for “nothing left to lose.”
Update (1631): Bryan joins the fun with an interesting variation on Alice’s Restaurant. (He does not, however, have any nude pictures of Anna Kournikova so you Google people should leave him alone.)
Ha… He should get some (pictures that is)…
The ‘freedom’ referred to in that song is the freedom from commitment, not freedom in the sense of ‘liberty’.