Songs About Homeless People...

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by peteham, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. conniefrancis

    conniefrancis New Member

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    Down 'N Outer by Nanci Griffith on Late Night Grande Hotel. A very pretty and heartbreaking song.
  2. DavidW

    DavidW Active Member

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    I know. That's why I put a question mark after it.
  3. DeeThomaz

    DeeThomaz Forum Resident

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    "Lost at The Bottom of The World" by Tom Waits on his ORPHANS set might be the best song ever written on the subject.
  4. on7green

    on7green Well-Known Member

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    Louisiana 1927 - Randy Newman

    Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline. Bound to be some homeless there.
  5. My first post on this amazing forum!

    I suggest the Guy Clark song "Homeless" from the 2002 release "The Dark".
  6. zebop

    zebop Forum Resident

    Thinking about that one.
  7. Skip Reynolds

    Skip Reynolds Legend In His Own Mind

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    "Rag Bag" by David Lindley is a good one. I don't think he wrote it, though.
  8. wayneklein

    wayneklein Deus Irae

    The Smartest Monkeys-XTC
  9. TheHypnoToad

    TheHypnoToad Well-Known Member

    Dramarama - Work for food
  10. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

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    Back on the street again (I forget the name of the group, mid 60s tho)

    Jack Daniels Old Number 7 - Jerry Lee Lewis

    If an orphan's point of view fits in, NOBODY'S CHILD was devastating, when I heard it by Lonnie Donegan. The Travelling Wilbury's version is also worthy.
  11. Jimbo

    Jimbo Forum Hall Of Fame

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    Bag Lady--Eryka Badu
    Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters
  12. Dr. Bogenbroom

    Dr. Bogenbroom I'm not a Dr. but I play one on SHTV

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    Pearl Jam - Even Flow
  13. Murph

    Murph Formerly 7/4 war furor

    Rockin in the Free World - Neil Young
  14. -Alan

    -Alan Moderator Staff

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    Connecticut, USA
    Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman" Henry ;)
  15. PhillyFan

    PhillyFan Member

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    It would
  16. ARK

    ARK Well-Known Member

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    Charlton, MA, USA
    Welcome.


    Two by Widespread Panic to add to the list:

    "Makes Sense To Me"
    "This Part Of Town"
  17. Man on the Corner - Genesis
    Come Together - The Beatles (at least, the character the lyrics are describing *could* be a homeless person)
  18. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

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    "Rudy" by the Be Good Tanyas

    One of the most haunting Christmas songs of recent years.
  19. guy incognito

    guy incognito Forum Resident

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    "Home from the Forest" - Gordon Lightfoot
  20. Tim S

    Tim S Well-Known Member

    Junior Brown - "They don't choose to live that way"
  21. rcdupre

    rcdupre Flying is Trying is Dying

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    Tokyo
    Eight Days On The Road: about a trucker who is home less.....
  22. Maggie

    Maggie much older now, with hat on, drinking wine

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    Toronto, Canada
    But "Six Days on the Road" is about a trucker who's "gonna make it home tonight..."

    Gene Clark's "Spanish Guitar" probably counts: "the beggar whom [sic] sits in the street/on his miserable throne of defeat/envisions no wealth there to meet/thinking nowhere is far..."
  23. cooper16

    cooper16 Well-Known Member

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    San Jose, CA
    Somebody's Baby - Pat Benatar (off Gravity's Rainbow.) One of the most powerful songs she and Neil ever wrote.
  24. paul62

    paul62 Member

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    Australia
    "Old Sid" by Daryl Braithwaite.
  25. John Carsell

    John Carsell Forum Resident

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    Northwest Illinois
    The Iveys (Badfinger) - They're Knocking Down Our Home