July 20, 2009 / Media / Brooklyn news / Podcast / Frank Hoier’s Rhythm & News

‘Whole’ lotta Frank!

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Despite our coverage of the demise of the Whole Foods supermarket alongside the toxic Gowanus Canal, Frank Hoier, the Bard of Bushwick, was still fantasizing about shopping at the store, a dream that inspired his new hit song, “Down by the Gowanus Canal,” for this week’s “Rhythm and News” feature.

Down by the Gowanus Canal

Well I’m tired of my Brooklyn Bodega

Associated don’t sell real food

I wanna start eating healthy

I wanna buy local, help the environment, too

I heard Brooklyn got a new grocery store

They got everything and more

So I went down to the Whole Foods

down by the Gowanus Canal

Well, the building sure looks swell it’s true

If you can see clear thru the fumes

And the produce smells just about the same

Though your olfactory glands are in ruins

If you don’t mind just a little benzene

Mixed in your coleslaw

Then come on down to the Whole Foods

Down by the Gowanus Canal

A little crude oil in the soy sauce

You don’t taste it much really

A little mercury in the green tea

PCB’s in the organic coffee

And ya may get a little headache

As you’re loadin’ up the car

But you wouldn’t believe the selection at the Whole Foods

Down by the Gowanus Canal

Well, I don’t know where they get the starfruit

Don’t know where the bananas come from

But I can buy anything that catch my eye

And I smile — at least ’til the check comes

And, yes, the irony escapes me

In the Roosevelt Island size parking garage

’Cause who’s really paying at the Whole Foods

Down by the Gowanus Canal?

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sid from Boerum Hill says:
great but its coal tar in the soil not crude oil.......
July 20, 2009, 1:20 pm

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