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Old Man
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James McCanna
James McCanna

Mon Jun 27, 2005
Acoustic : Acoustic Rock
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About the song
I used to work in Seattle and would regularly encounter street people. The thought occurred to me that we are all one day, one injury, one event away from the same thing.
Lyrics
Old Man

Tired old man walks
The cold streets of Seattle
With worn down broom he stalks
The fallen leaves he battles

With bent over shuffling gate
Wearing shoes worn clear through
He sweeps every street grate
As he’s compelled to do

Crazy street corner lady
Bags strewn at her feet
Gets herself ready
For someone she is to meet

With twitching fidget hands
She rolls her hair into balls
With imaginary rubber bands
And again when her hair falls

It just doesn’t seem fair
But for a bit of grace go I
I’ve taken more than my share
And I don’t recall having to try

In every person’s past
Was once the face of child
With a future yet uncast
Wide-eyed innocent and wild

No one ever sets out to fail
Yet some are formed to a mold
As their paths unveil
Their lives start to unfold

Spider webs are like our lives
Combining what’s made with what’s caught
These goals to which we strive
We don’t always get what you sought

We are more or less the same
Some of us lose and some win
Despite what some may claim
The differences are so thin