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Thread #53373   Message #820991
Posted By: sed
07-Nov-02 - 03:38 PM
Thread Name: Songs on homelessness: faith perspective
Subject: RE: Songs on homelessness: faith perspective
You have chosen a worthy endeavour: non-depressing songs about homelessness. I wrote one in 1981 called: Ain't Got No Home. Let me know if you'd like to see/hear it. sedberry3 AT yahoo.com
It's more of an ironic song with a variable chorus:

Ain't got no home; ain't got no home.
I live in my car; I'm on my own.
Ain't got no rent check hangin' over me.
Some think I'm crazy; some think I'm free.

Sometimes the cops are mean and vile;
they treat me like an errant child.
They wake me up with a 'rat tat tat!'
while I'm tryin' to take my nap.

   Everybody needs a place, a place where they can stay
   but us ramble-in' folksingers can't afford to live that way.
   So help me out with a shower, a meal or maybe two
   and I'll pull out my autoharp and play a song for you....

Ain't got no home; ain't got no house;
I live as simply as an ol' doormouse,
playin' music 'most ev'rywhere,
in pastures green and city squares.
and as I travel across this land
I'm tryin' hard to understand
the many ways people live:
how some folks grab while others give.

   Everybody needs a place, a place where they can stay
   but us ramble-in' folksingers can't afford to live that way.
   So help me out with a shower, a meal or maybe two
   and I'll pull out old guitar and sing a song for you....

Ain't got no home; ain't got no home.
I live in my car; I'm on my own.
Ain't got no rent check hangin' over me.
Some think I'm crazy; some think I'm free.

I was actually livin' in my Citroen 2CV6 wagonette when I wrote it, no, it was before that when I lived in a 1967 Pontiac Tempest Station wagon. My landlady had evicted me for popping corn in my basement kitchen. The song was published in about the 4th issue (of 48) of Songletter(TM)

As Woody G. wrote to the effect:
this song is protected by iron clad copyright # 35261728390948376251425364809; anyone caught singin' it will sure be a friend of mine. (c) 1981 Steve Sedberry