Having grown up in Bethlehem, "Allentown" has always had special meaning for me. It's amazing how the lyrics accurately capture our reality of living there in the halcyon days of a prosperous postwar Lehigh Valley. It likewise captured our feelings as the local industry dried up, culminating in the closing of Bethlehem Steel in 2003. My 5 siblings and I all moved away, never to return. Yes, it did get very hard to stay. BTW, the stage graphics were awesome.