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I wrote the song during the heat wave in the summer of '95, about a man who died at that time while he was living in his car.
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David Rovics
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We Just Want The World
Tue Jun 14, 2005
Acoustic : Folk
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About the song
This song is based on an article I read in the New York Times one day, hanging out with my dear friend Chrysler at a blueberry stand in northwestern Connecticut. I wrote the song during the heat wave in the summer of '95, about a man who died at that time while he was living in his car.
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He walked the streets of this neighborhood
Long as anyone knew
Used to work in construction
But those days are long through
On this hot summer morning
Everyone lowered their heads
The heat wave is over
And Pat O'Leary's dead

(chorus)
He was too old to work
And he had a bum leg
But they cut him off welfare
And he was too proud to beg

For a roll and some coffee
He'd be up at sunrise
With a joke for the vendors
And a smile in his eyes
With the other old-timers
He'd wile the years
With a wink for the children
And a listening ear

(chorus)

His neice and his sister
They asked him to stay
But he liked the old neighborhood
He said "it's better this way"
He said "soon I'll make it
"To sixty-five
"And I got my old Buick
"Til that day arrives"

(chorus)

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Created December, 1998
Copyright David Rovics 1998, all rights reserved