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The Faucets Are Dripping

This song is by Malvina Reynolds and appears on the album Another County Heard From (1960) and on the compilation The Best of Broadside 1962-1988 (2000).

The faucets are dripping in old New York City
The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity
The reservoir's drying because it's supplying
The faucets that drip in New York

You can't ask the landlord to put in a washer
He'd rather you move than to put in a washer
The faucets are dripping, they sound in my ears
The tap in the bathroom's been running for years

The faucets are dripping in old New York City
The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity
The reservoir's drying because it's supplying
The faucets that drip in New York

There's a wild streak of green in the sink in the kitchen
It comes from the rill trickling out of the plumbing
The streams from the mountains, the pools from the lea
All run from my faucet and down to the sea

The faucets are dripping in old New York City
The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity
The reservoir's drying because it's supplying
The faucets that drip in New York

You can't ask the landlord to put in a washer
You can't ask the landlord to mend the old stairs
He takes in the rents and he lives in Miami
Where faucets don't drip and there's sun everywheres

The faucets are dripping in old New York City
The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity
The reservoir's drying because it's supplying
The faucets that drip in New York

The faucets are dripping, the landlord's content
With every new tenant he raises the rent
The buildings can crumble, the tenants can cry
There's a shortage of housing, you'll live there or die

The faucets are dripping in old New York City
The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity
The reservoir's drying because it's supplying
The faucets that drip in New York

They're building some buildings and fine city centers
It's sure working hard on the low-income renters
They're jammed into rooms with the rat and the fly
Where the faucets all drip and the floor's never dry

The faucets are dripping in old New York City
The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity
The reservoir's drying because it's supplying
The faucets that drip in New York

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