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Pass by on the other side

Artist: Folksy
Artist's Description
Remembrance Day having just passed, I was horrified at the number of veterans who end up on the streets. I penned this lyric for them. (There is both a US and U.K. version).

Genre(s): Country, Art-Folk, Contemporary Folk, Christian Pop
Mood(s): Patriotic, Sad, Thoughtful
Style(s): Patriotic
Language(s): English
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Pass by on the other side

By Folksy
You didn't see me yesterday, you won't see me today
Just another homeless vagrant getting in your way
Another pile of cardboard, another handmade sign
Another plea for cents to spend on cigarettes and wine

But I was the child of a mother, and I'm parent to a son
I served our country's army but my service days are done
I don't have a home to go to, I don't have a job that pays
I spend my life on the sidewalk - and people just look away

I'm not a good-for-nothing, don't take handouts for drugs and beer
Don't kid yourself bud - I'd rather be - anywhere - than here.
There's no work without housing - no home if there's no graft
There's no point in dreaming of a shift not fully staffed

You give a hand to refugees and other foreign folk
Tho charity begins at home - or is that just a joke?
Meet my eyes in the daytime - talk to me if you dare
But don't pass by on the other side pretending I'm not there

I hear the talk of migrants, of those lost out at sea
Hoping to get to America - land of the rich and free
They'd only need to meet me and the rush to come would cease
Cos I may have won a battle but I lost the bloody peace.

My dreams are full of screaming, my nights are full of pain
And tomorrow I will see you - pass on the other side again.
Just like you did after Gettysburg, Pearl Harbour and Guam,
Okinawa, Iwo Jima and the nightmare of Khe Sanh...

You'll always need an army - those who'll fight and die,
And you'll watch the Band of Brothers with a tear in your eye -
Everyone loves a uniform - but remember who’s inside.
Give a hand when it's needed - don't pass by on the other side...


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