The over-all impression is one of a town that is waiting to die. It is not enough, these days, to say that Chamberlain will never be the same. It may be closer to the truth to say that Chamberlain will simply never again be.
Well we're living here in Allentown
And they're closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
Filling out forms, standing in line
— Billy Joel, "Allentown"
At the east end of town, at the foot of the hill,
There's a chimney so tall, it's called Aragon Mill
But there's no smoke at all coming out of the stack,
For the mill has shut down, and it's never coming back
And the only tune I hear is the sound of the wind,
As she blows through the town, wheel and spin, wheel and spin
— Si Kahn, "Aragon Mill" (AKA Belfast Mill)