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Homeless Joe wore a fabled coat of many colors
He was a favorite son among many brothers
Who put him in deep hole an' brought him up again
And sold him down the river to slave in Egypt land

     Some say he wasn't real, just an ancient metaphor
     Of the king of everything who for our sake became poor
     Some say he was a livin' symbol of human salvation
     Decending from a righteous king and father of nations

             Homeless Joe, there's so many wrongs to right
             With so many causes to fight, who's guitar gently weeps for you tonight?

Homeless Joe wore a coat of a darker color
He knew he was as good as the rich light brothers
Who chained him by the neck after payin' a ship's captain
And sold him down the river to slave in America land

     We marched for freedom in '63, did a concert for Bangladesh
     Live Aid, Farm Aid, Life Earth, you know, the world's a terrible mess
     But when it comes to helpin' the poor on the streets of our own nation
     We turn our backs on the king of kings and father of creation

             Homeless Joe, there's so many wrongs to right
             With so many causes to fight, who's guitar gently weeps for you tonight?

Now, Joe wears a faded coat of military colors
He grew up in Bakersfield, Lake Tahoe in the summers
Then came home from the war with no job or place to go
And ended up in LA, just another discarded soldier on Skid Row * **

U.S. Homeless Information

U.S. Native Poverty Information

U.S. Homeless Veterans Information

National Coalition For The Homeless

National Law Center On Homelessness and Poverty

What manner of nation would use half of the world's resources, harbor much of the world's wealth, contain a large percentageof the world's educated elite, continue to build some of the world's most expensive (and entirely worthless) religious edifices, provide unwarranted tax breaks for the extremely wealthy top 1% of the population and an entertainment industry which routinely spends over one hundred million dollars to create meaningless motion picture drivel, claim to have the preferred form of government for the entire planet and to stand for truth and justice. . . and yet look the other way as impoverished homeless war veterans, senior citizen's and children are forced to sleep in cardboard boxes, in back alleyways, under bridges, in city parks and on city sidewalks?  Will the country which Samuel Clemens referred to as the "land of bibles" go down in history as the one nation beyond all others, that devolved into an utter profane insult to the Creator of the universe?

*FootNote:  "Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom:  She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy." Ezekiel 16:49.  See also Fleeing Sodom for more details.

**FootNote II:  Many modern intellectuals and liberal activists do not believe that the Creator will come down hard on a nation that does not make a concerted effort to help the sick and poor.  People who vainly imagine that there is no Creator in control who does to nations as they do unto their own are even more insane than the current Bush Junior administration and the Christian Coalition combined (good luck).


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