The Mayor is Gone
or is it?
I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
There's nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Are now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight
I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
The new boss will probably not be a whole different, or if he is he (or she) wants to make the needed changes the political machine will render the mayor powerless. We saw what happened in Detroit when a reformer became mayor; he was undermined by the cities real political bosses in order to protect their power, prestige and money. Dennis Archer honestly tried to fix the city and wasn't allowed to. I don't think it's going to matter who the mayor is. It can be a man or woman of integrity or just a pawn of the machine, but the machine runs the city.
Detroit is a mess and I will admit that I have no idea how to clean it up. If we don't Detroit will sink and take the whole state down with it.