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