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Listening to brand-new music about Bethlehem while wedged into Godfrey Daniel’s for Festival UnBound’s “Poets, Troubadours, and Troublemakers” performance, knees welded together, elbows pinned to ribs, butt little more comfortable than a flag-pole sitter’s, Gadfly’s mind drifted back to the past . . . to John Gorka.
“My time [in Bethlehem] roughly coincided with the decline of Bethlehem Steel . . . and the town was trying to adapt to the new economic realities . . . a lot of what they did I was fine with . . . but the way they were fixing up the southside of town, where Godfrey Daniels is . . . I started to feel like aspiring folksingers and other poor people would no longer be welcome there . . . wrote this in 1991 . . . The song is kind of contemporary in a horrible way.”
Closed but never forgotten