Getting students interested in the study of housing and architectural styles can be a bit of a challenge. Picturing themselves as homeowners is something of a stretch of the imagination for most teenagers. Today’s FACS Soundtrack song might be just unexpected enough to get them talking. Pink Houses by John Cougar Mellencamp could serve as discussion starter for talking about American home styles and popular architectural elements.
There’s a black man with a black cat livin’ in a black neighborhood
He’s got an interstate runnin’ through his front yard
You know he thinks that he’s got it so good
And there’s a woman in the kitchen cleanin’ up the evenin’ slop
And he looks at her and says, "Hey darlin’, I can remember when
You could stop a clock."
Oh but ain’t that America for you and me
Ain’t that America somethin’ to see baby
Ain’t that America home of the free
Little pink houses for you and me
There’s a young man in a t-shirt
Listenin’ to a rockin’ rollin’ station
He’s got greasy hair, greasy smile
He says, "Lord this must be my destination."
‘Cause they told me when I was younger
"Boy you’re gonna be president."
But just like everything else those old crazy dreams
Just kinda came and went
Well there’s people and more people
What do they know know know
Go to work in some high rise
And vacation down at the Gulf of Mexico
And there’s winners and there’s losers
But they ain’t no big deal
‘Cause the simple man baby pays for the thrills, the bills,
The pills that kill
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