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“Let the Guilty Pay…”

July 4th, 2019 Comments off

Original image is a still from music video, below. Graphics by MHProNews.

That’s not necessarily an indictment of the song, its writer, or the artist that popularizes a tune.  It is a statement of reality, of the ebb and flow of music and culture.  The new becomes familiar, and the familiar – right or wrong – becomes ‘old.’


But as the Japanese and other cultures grasp, old can be beautiful.

The lyrics for the song “Independence Day” that follows is from the Song Facts website, from this link here, and is provided under fair use guidelines.


Independence Day

Well she seemed all right by dawn’s early light
Though she looked a little worried and weak.
She tried to pretend he wasn’t drinkin’ again
But daddy’d left the proof on her cheek.
And I was only eight years old that summer
And I always seemed to be in the way
So I took myself down to the fair in town
On Independence Day.

Well, word gets around in a small, small town
They said he was a dangerous man
But mama was proud and she stood her ground
But she knew she was on the losin’ end.
Some folks whispered and some folks talked
But everybody looked the other way
And when time ran out there was no one about
On Independence Day.

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of reckoning.
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay
It’s Independence Day.

Well, she lit up the sky that fourth of July
By the time that the firemen come
They just put out the flames
And took down some names
And send me to the county home.
Now I ain’t sayin’ it’s right or it’s wrong
But maybe it’s the only way.
Talk about your revolution
It’s Independence Day.

Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of reckoning.
Let the weak be strong, let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay
It’s Independence Day.

Roll the stone away
It’s Independence Day.

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


What does the song mean?

According to the country-music website, The Boot at this link here, “In 1994, Martina McBride released “Independence Day,” a single that became one of her signature songs. Written by Gretchen Peters, the tune shares the story of a mother and daughter living with an abusive husband, told through the eyes of the young girl. On July 4th, the lyrics go, the daughter walks down to the fairgrounds — and while she is out, her mother burns down their house, with her husband inside, and achieves her own “Independence Day.”

To say that it has dark overtones is to state the obvious.

But that doesn’t mean or imply that this is a song about hopelessness.  Quite the contrary, as tragic as the story is, this song has energy, hope, ironic joy, and overtones of the Christian belief in the resurrection.

None of this seems to have anything to do with the 4th of July holiday that we call Independence Day. Or does it?



The music video shows a Fourth of July parade, full of the pomp, patriotism, and the regalia that was part of small-town life decades ago.  Some would argue that such can still be found in numbers of America’s rural towns. Some of those are towns where a single section manufactured home may be found sited on a piece of property flaked by conventional housing.


Let the Guilty Pay

Part of the lyrics from McBride’s hit song has a refrain, “Let the guilty pay.” America is known as the “Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.” The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are etched on the façade of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Historically speaking, America has always had rich and poor, the powerful and the meek. Despite untold numbers of examples in almost 2½ centuries of history as a nation since 13 colonies declared their independence from Britain, there has been obvious times when “equal justice” was not administered.

But the ideal is still to be held high. It is part of what inspires young soldiers, sailors, aviators, and support people to join the military – the high and noble call to fight for the ideals of our country.

Apart from a clear understanding of the effects of sin in life, no one can possibly grasp all the powerful nuances of the McBride song. Nor can we understand what’s right and wrong in our industry or nation apart from a clear grasp of what is true and what is false.

Too few ask, what is the impact of the rigging of America on millions of our fellows? Doesn’t it contribute to the drinking, the drug abuse, the economic stress, the broken families, the tragedies that this music video exemplifies?  How many lives are lost or squandered, due to the abuses of the noble ideals of the American dream?  Thus, the struggle continues.

But yes, millions live a life here in the U.S.A. that most of the world can only dream about.  We should celebrate that reality.  But we must also strive day by day to continue to elevate the American dream to achieve its ideals.

Roll the stone away,” is a lyrical echo from McBride’s song that is a reminder of the Resurrection of Christ. It is a reminder too that believers hold in the promise of their own resurrection someday. Let the guilty pay,” when the resurrection comes, the unrepentant guilty will – in the minds of millions of believers – pay. Eternally.

The lyrics and the performance of the music video “Independence Day” captures a world of emotion.  The lyrics, video, and singing are brilliantly done.  They combine in a performance with messages as fitting as can be for this noble national holiday.

To get a sense of the historical meaning of Independence Day, see the Masthead article linked below.  Don’t worry, despite the featured image, it is focused on history, not this song.


America – the Story of US – Declaration of Independence

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Time to Say Goodbye, Lessons Learned, What’s Next

June 12th, 2019 Comments off

Still from the video, further below.

People invest in, open or maintain a business with certain goals in mind. Among them is to serve a slice of the public, and for ‘white hat’ operations, to earn a profit honorably in some form or fashion.



The ways that honest profit can be earned are as many and varied as the imaginations of millions of people in America make possible. Which is why, to a certain extent, the notion of ‘one size fits all’ is an illusion.

It is axiomatic that there are no too people exactly alike. The country singer John Rich posted earlier this week on the Daily Business News on MHProNews will appeal to thousands of readers here, but to some more than others. This duet of Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli, singing their classic “Time to Say Goodbye” (1997) will move some to tears from just listening to it — even if you or they don’t grasp the meaning of the words so passionately performed.

On the time played this morning, about 5:49 AM ET, the video duet has had 44,864,417 views, some 229k ‘thumbs up,’ and only 10k ‘thumbs down.’  

Think about it. Over 44 million views. More on that another time too.

While each of those data points regarding Time to Say Goodbye” has significance, it clearly reflects that far more people are moved by this musical performance than those who are turned off by it. What about you?

What does this have to do with manufactured housing? Nothing; and everything. More on that further below too.

First, listen to and watch if you can this video. Then, following the lyrics, we will do some industry professional related commentary.





Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli – Time to Say Goodbye (1997)

According to the YouTube page of axedagobert22, the video posted above was published on Oct 18, 2012. 

The axedagobert22 post explains that “In November 1996, Andrea and Sarah Brightman were invited to perform the duet ‘Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partirò)’ at the farewell contest of the German World Light-Heavyweight boxing champion, Henry Maske. A national hero held in unrivaled esteem, he is known for his love of selecting entrance themes to his bouts.  

Sarah Brightman, the internationally renowned soprano and friend of Henry Maske heard ‘Con Te Partirò‘ in a restaurant while dining with her friends. Entranced by the singer and the song, Brightman made contact with Andrea. Andrea and Brightman re-recorded ‘Con Te Partirò‘ as the duet ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ with members of the London Symphony Orchestra.  

This live version is from Brightman’s first full concert recording, “Sarah Brightman: In Concert”, from London’s Royal Albert Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Paul Bateman. Guest artists include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Adam Clark and Andrea Bocelli. The concert was released to video in 1998.

The concert was directed by David Mallet.”


The YouTube page doesn’t have the lyrics. But as regular readers know, we strive to provide a complete picture, so we did some digging – curation – and those lyrics are provided below.  The English version is on top, the original Italian is below. 

To better appreciate the richness and meaning, Classic FM provided this insight: In summary: they’re saying goodbye to countries they never saw or shared with each other, but now they are in fact going to go to those countries… except they’re traveling there on ships which don’t exist anymore… so it’s time to say goodbye again.

Hmm. Maybe the lyrics are better appreciated in Italian.”

Here are those lyrics, per the source cited below. 


Time To Say Goodbye


Time To Say Goodbye

When I am alone

Quando sono solo


Dream on the horizon

Sogno all’orizzonte


And the words are missing

E mancan le parole


Yes I know there is no light

Sì lo so che non c’è luce


In a room when the sun is missing

In una stanza quando manca il sole


If you’re not with me, with me

Se non ci sei tu con me, con me


On the windows

Su le finestre


Show everyone my heart

Mostra a tutti il mio cuore


That you turned on

Che hai acceso


Close inside me

Chiudi dentro me


The light that

La luce che


You met on the street

Hai incontrato per strada

Time to say goodbye

Time to say goodbye


Countries that I never

Paesi che non ho mai


Saw and shared with you

Veduto e vissuto con te


Now I’ll live them

Adesso si li vivrò


I’ll go with you

Con te partirò


On ships over seas

Su navi per mari


That I know it

Che, io lo so


No no they do not exist anymore

No, no, non esistono più


It’s time to say goodbye

It’s time to say goodbye

when you are distant

Quando sei lontana


Dream on the horizon

Sogno all’orizzonte


And the words are missing

E mancan le parole


And I do, I know

E io sì, lo so


That you are with me, with me

Che sei con me, con me


You my moon, you are here with me

Tu mia luna, tu sei qui con me


My sun, you are here with me

Mio sole, tu sei qui con me


With me, with me, with me

Con me, con me, con me

Time to say goodbye

Time to say goodbye


Countries that I never

Paesi che non ho mai


Saw and shared with you

Veduto e vissuto con te


Now I will live them

Adesso sì li vivrò


I’ll go with you

Con te partirò


On ships over seas

Su navi per mari


That I know it

Che io lo so


No no they do not exist anymore

No, no, non esistono più


I will relive them with you

Con te io li rivivrò


I’ll go with you

Con te partirò


On ships over seas

Su navi per mari


That I know it

Che, io lo so


No no they do not exist anymore

No, no, non esistono più


I will relive them with you

Con te io li rivivrò


I’ll go with you

Con te partirò


Me with you

Io con te


Songwriters: Francesco Sartori / Frank Peterson / Lucio Quarantotto

Time To Say Goodbye lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Sugarmusic s.p.a.

—- End of lyrics, credits. —-


For those willing to step outside of the box, many things are possible, but none are accomplished without risk, effort, or struggle.

When you entered this field of endeavor, you too had some expectation or vision.  Perhaps that has been encouraged, perhaps it has been dashed, derailed, or shunted down an unexpected track.  You can cry about it, laugh, or dig in and do your best to figure it all out.

Our publisher likes to reflect on the occasion when the late Howard Walker, JD, longtime assistant chairman for Sam Zell’s Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), approached him at an MHI meeting, saying with feigned outrage, ‘How dare you bring culture to a manufactured housing industry event?

Those who knew Walker will get it. Those who never met him, might get a glimpse into the man from those few words.

First on MHLivingNews, but later posted on MHProNews, is a very different type of infographic than the one produced by MHI.

Why is it so different? Because one cannot reduce the manufactured housing industry’s varied customers and members without reflecting in some manner the broad range of people who have found appeal in the homes our industry has and continues to produce.




Among the manufactured housing retailing firms that Clayton Homes has purchased are those which did factory built as well as on-site built housing. That no doubt fit a broader agenda.

This website isn’t about us, it is about professionals like yourself. Some love rock, others rap. Your customers may listen to music in in their pickup or car that is Spanish or English. Depending on your market, you may have people who speak Farsi at home walking into your establishment.  Or you may have those who speak Mandarin, French, Greek, or a Slavic tongue.  Down under, they may speak English, but their accent is different than ours here in the Colonies.

It pays to have some cultural appreciation and awareness.

It pays to be able to think outside of the box.

Easy doesn’t pay well,” observed John Bostick, Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), and President and CEO of Sunshine Homes.

Some things can’t be hurried, said Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. On that point, using the principle of separating wheat from chaff, we concur with the man who has hung his hat in Omaha.



Colorful? No doubt. One must separate wheat from chaff, with all people, organizations, and things.


What music plays in your office? Do you use headsets? Or is it playing audibly, in a manner that others might hear it too?

Does that music connect – or separate – you from others?

The methods of connecting with people are varied. Here or MHProNews, we illustrate and provided content in a full range of ways, because there is a full scope of experiences and potential for connecting.


One of our earlier
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…still a very relevant interview.


Out industry is underperforming. It is almost guaranteed that your location(s) are too.  To some, that is an ‘inexplicable’ downturn, given the affordable housing crisis. But to be honest, figuring out why that downturn exists isn’t too hard for those willing to step outside their comfort zone and seek the truth.

Let’s be clear.  Even our fans or sponsors of MHProNews and MHLivingNews don’t always feel comfortable with something we publish.  That is especially so for those who read here, but aren’t fans of ours at all.  Part of the job of authentic media – be it mainstream or trade journalism – is to challenge people, especially when circumstances demand it.  You can find syrupy cheerleading somewhere else only, but you better take toothpaste, an electric tooth brush, and some dental floss with you.  Because after reading some competing voices for too long, their content might rot your teeth – or turn your mind into mush.

To get beyond underperformance, one logically must begins with understanding. After understanding begins, then one must move on to action plan and begin to execute the necessary steps. In an housing industry that does north of 1.5 trillion dollars a year in sales, there is simply no excuse for doing under $8 billion dollars in total retail last year.  That’s embarrassing. But that means there is tremendous upside. 


Time to Say Goodbye…

We are soon going to say goodbye to this version of our MHProNews website. The new version is approaching. There will be road bumps. C’est la vie! That’s life!

Once the new version is up, and the inevitable bugs are tweaked, there will be new manufactured home industry initiatives launched as well as fostered.

Our parent company – LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC – are planning for the brighter future for the white hats of our industry, because we are true believers.



Thoughtful words, worth pondering.


There is a need for new events, new business alliances, and new visions that can be achieved instead of the sweet-sounding words found elsewhere, which they write while the industry is shrinking and consolidating during an affordable housing crisis.  Common sense alone tells the doers in our industry that it isn’t weather, or inventory adjustments, or tariffs, or whatever other excuses some peddle.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has made certain things possible in his efforts before and during the Innovative Housing Showcase (IHS). He’s built on the efforts of other who came before him, but he has also led the way in several laudable efforts.  More on that in the linked related reports, below the byline and notices.

But much more needs to be done, because the HUD Code manufactured home industry is in a downturn during an affordable housing crisis. One might aptly think of this as a ‘manufactured crisis.’

Because a handful of people could snap their fingers, and the manufactured home shipment decline would reverse. Never, ever forget that point.

That point means that those who are scratching their heads must study, understand, plan, and then act.




Together with people of good will, we plan to take the Time to Say Goodbye, but do so in a manner befitting this classic and moving duet.

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Because for some, the best is yet to come. For others, it’s time to say goodbye to the limited vision, and time to sing a new song of opportunities fraught with the internal and external challenges that lie ahead. That’s what the words carpe diem are for, it is time to seize the day. 



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MHC Faces the Music – Different Place, Same Song

April 4th, 2017 Comments off

Credit: Herald Sun.

Stories on manufactured home community owners being put through the pain of being uprooted from their property, and often having to make life-altering adjustments, are common in the U.S.

But the U.S. isn’t the only place where cases like this occur. They even happen in “the land down under.

According to the Herald Sun, residents of the Wantirna Caravan Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia are being forced out due to the community owner selling to a firm with ties to China, which plans to build high rise towers.

The company, Longriver, has a message on their website from managing director Andrew Yu stating he wants to leave “a positive mark in Melbourne’s history.

For one long time resident, that statement doesn’t hold water.


Trevor Russell. Credit: Herald Sun.

Once we found out who bought the park [sic], we knew we were stuffed,” said Trevor Russell, who has lived in the community for seven years, and received his eviction letter in December.

I had a neighbor come down in tears, then I started crying,” said Russell.

People are so upset.

Residents have been given until January 2018 to vacate. According to a PR firm representing Longriver, they made the decision on the site as a result of a detailed business analysis.

While the current owner of the community has offered to help residents relocate, some say that offer does not offer any real financial compensation.

According to Consumer Affairs in Victoria, there is no automatic right to compensation as long as residents have been given enough notice.

Last week, Yu officially announced that management had offered a package ahead of the eviction deadline in January.


Homes in the community. Credit: Herald Sun.

We recognize the upheaval the closure of the caravan park [sic] represents for residents and this assistance package aims to help ease residents’ transition into a more permanent housing solution,” said Yu.

Under the plan, residents, on giving 28 days notice, would not have to pay site costs once they leave.

Yu says that so far, 31 residents had already found new homes and moved out of the community.

Even with the help, residents, and those who support them, say they face massive costs.

There is no legal basis for compensation, but there certainly is an ethical one,” said Aoife Cooke, a representative for the Housing for the Aged Action Group, who is working to assist residents.

You have very low-income people who as well as having to move their house and becoming homeless, there are huge costs involved in this situation, such as relocation costs, moving costs, disposing of units if that’s relevant to their situation. I think the (residents) haven’t been protected by a legislative framework that really caters for the needs of people in caravan parks [sic].” ##


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