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Homeless in Birmingham (original song)

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Published on Aug 2, 2012

This is a male song, but I'm singing it anyway, you can do that in folk, hehe. I guess everyone has a song about the plight of the homeless. This one is mine. I wish everyone in this country could have a warm place to live with food on the table, but sadly, this is not the case. So I wanted to put a bit of human face on it with a storytelling type song. "Vulcan" is a big iconic iron statue that sits atop Red Mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a spear in his hand. It's their 'statue of liberty.' Sloss Furnace once made a lot of steel, the industry that once accounted for most of Birmingham's jobs. Birmingham has a few nicknames, one of them is 'The Magic City."

Homeless in Birmingham

copyright 2006 on the song
2012 on the video

Verse 1

Well, the big iron man looks down on me
As I greet him every day
Vulcan's got a spear in his hand
Never much to say

Think I'll walk to Southside
Where I can score some change
I got forty cents in my pocket
And these streets are mean and strange

Chorus:

And I'm homeless in Birmingham
Sleeping at the mission
Homeless in Birmingham
Where the bottle's become
My ambition

Verse 2

I met an angel at Sloss Furnance
We sat down and we prayed
She said 'son you're a hard working man
But the bad luck made you stray

There are families living on these streets
And they work hard every day
Working only for the minimum wage
And a run down hotel stay

Verse

Well, the winter wind grows cold
I could use some chow
I'm looking for a kind heart
In this magic city town

My jacket's full of holes
And my shoe heels are worn down
And 'ole Vulcan he looks down on me
From the big Red Mountain mound.
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