Friday, August 25, 2006

Lyrics of the Week

Poor Man's House - Patti Griffin

You know you've done enough when every bone is sore
You know you've prayed enough when you don't ask any more
You know you're coming to some kind of understanding
When every dream you've dreamed has passed and you're still standing
Mama says god tends to every little skinny sheep
So count your ribs and say your prayers and get to sleep
Nothing is louder to god's ears than a poor man's sorrow
Daddy is poor today and he will be poor tomorrow

Hey that's the poor man's house
Everybody get a look at the poor man's house
Everywhere they went before must have turned them out
And now they're living in a poor man's house

There's nothing like poverty to get you into heaven
They got a lot of wine and fish up there
And the bread's unleavened
They got a lot of ears that have heard a whip go crack
Lots of missing toes and fingers and scars upon their backs
Daddy's been working too much for days and days
He doesn't eat
He never says much but I think this time it's got him beat
It isn't that he isn't strong or kind or clever
Your daddy's poor today
And he will be poor forever

Hey that's the poor man's house
Those kids are living in a poor man's house
They walk to school with the soles of their shoes worn out
And come home in the evening to the poor man's house

What are you chopping that wood for
Why are you growing that corn
Mama's sewing a brand new shirt and
You're wearing the one that's torn
I guess it's for some one else's kid who wasn't born
In a poor man's house

Hey take a look at that house
Everybody we're living in a poor man's house
Seems like everywhere we go they find us out
Find out that we've been living in a poor man's house

4 comments:

reb said...

Sometimes I can listen to music when I'm doing certain kinds of work (like writing a syllabus). So today I started listening to one of CDs that I made for Josie earlier in the summer. I had a trio of songs about poverty on the 2nd CD that made a good mix: Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerard singing about a "a tiny broken heart" next "poor man's house" which has great lyrics, and then "The Israelites" by Desmond Dekker. I love it when I find compatibility w/two totally different styles of music like that.

Claudio M. said...

Feel free to read my lyrics, post your comments as well.

Anonymous said...

August 26th - unremarked anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the ``Flat Daddy" and ``Flat Mommy" phenomenon, in which life-size cutouts of deployed service members are given by the Maine National Guard to spouses, children, and relatives back home.

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