Mudcat Café message #821426 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #53373   Message #821426
Posted By: wilco
08-Nov-02 - 10:09 AM
Thread Name: Songs on homelessness: faith perspective
Subject: RE: Songs on homelessness: faith perspective
My vote would go for "Tramp On the Street." It is my favorite song. Everytime that I sing it, I cry. One of my children, who was mentally ill and an addict, lived on the streets for years.
    I'm very active in the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and I use this song frequently.
    Molly O'Day, a 1930's scountry singer at WNOX in Knoxville, TN., popularized this song. Later, it became associated with Wilma lee Cooper, and Roy Acuff. I can't find an O'Day copy.
    I've added another stanza to it.

Our sons and daughters, our sisters and brothers,
our fathers and mothers, our spouses and lovers.
The junkies and drunks, neglected and beat,
Our mentally ill, left to die on the street.