“Long, Strong Island” by Linda K. (c) 2009
In the 18th century, G-Dubbs needed a hand
The British came around and tried to take all of our land
But out near Setauket, with laundry lines and Culper spies
We made our own plan
they couldn’t take the heat
we got those Brits to retreat.
From our long, strong island
away from our long, strong island
so change at Jamaica for the train to Port Jefferson.
Cold Spring Harbor was a major whaling hub of the day
For three years at a time our men were carried away
Instead of coping, some wives would go, they might cook or sew
it was just the life they made.
They had to find some nice big kills
so they could pay the bills
And live on this long, strong island
afford this long, strong island
so change at Jamaica for the train to Oyster Bay.
If you want to get around and you have a car
without Mr. Moses you wouldn’t get very far
From bridges to tunnels to our native parks, closed after dark
he helped lay down the tar
Some laws he may have breached
but he gave us all Jones Beach
And made this long, strong island
he helped make this long, strong island
so change at Jamaica for the train to Babylon.
With the growth of suburbia and recreation on the rise
A house out east was just part of the prize
Hard work in the city, paid off in fun out in the Hamptons
it was their status symbolized
Wouldn’t need to take the train
’cause you’d have your own airplane
To get to this long, strong island
to and from this long, strong island
So change at Jamaica for the train to Montauk.
If you want to come and visit there’s some sights you might see
Old Bethpage Restoration or perhaps a winery
there’s just so much to do: come see the Big Duck, or the Long Island Ducks
We’re full of history.
Out on our long, strong island
yes it’s our long, strong island.
You can change at Jamaica for the train to Penn Station
Yes, you can change at Jamaica for the train to Penn Station.