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30 cities
none of them big
but altogether
they're one big metropolis

Millions of people
but we think that we're small
we say: ''just act normal
that's crazy enough after all''

So when we need buildings
bridges and tunnels
houses and motorways
it shouldn't be striking
so this is what we say:

Please not too big
and not too tall
we like it flat and small
with many trees
or we build walls
in fact, we don't like things to change at all

We have this system
where everyone can
give his opinion
about every vision or plan

We call it poldering
some say it's not wise
cause every ambition
leads to grey compromise

So goodbye to ambition
and daring big visions
hello to the complex game
that will take ages
to let it all look the same:

but during the past few months I noticed something strange
there were many big new plans and no complaints
are we waking up? are there some changes made?
do we connect ourselves to the world or do we fade?

Please not too big (just keep it modest, we are calvinists)
and not too tall (if it's above ground level: reject it)
we like it flat and small
with many trees (get on your knees)
or we build walls (it's all prestige)
in fact, we don't like things to change here
don't like things to change here
we don't like things to change at all

poldering (repeat)


from Dutch cities (single CD), track released December 1, 2006


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