Monday, January 29, 2007

So Wrong, Brothers Wright (So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Simon)

Eighteen years ago, my uncle moved his family from Erie to Dayton, Ohio, site of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and hometown of the Wright Brothers. On a recent visit, my uncle remarked that the men made a big mistake when they decided to have their first flight in North Carolina. That comment inspired this parody, a complaint by Dayton residents against the Wright Brothers for slighting their city, which is to the tune of So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright. (Incidentally, I'll be saying "hello" to the subject of that song when his latest album comes out tomorrow; keep an eye out for the review, which will mark number 1000 for me here!)

So Wrong, Brothers Wright

So wrong, Brothers Wright,
Choosing to leave Ohio's skies so blue
The first time that you flew.
So blue, so blue.

We remember, Brothers Wright;
North Carolina's taunted us so long.
We've never been so wronged.
So wrong, so wrong.

Innovations come and innovators owe
Their hometowns the respect they're due.
Dayton's waitin'.
Why Kitty Hawk? We wish we knew.

So wrong, Brothers Wright.
North Carolina's taunted us so long.
We've never been so wronged.
So wrong, so wrong.


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