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Old Man In Bus Station: A Portrait
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Old age and unfulfilled dreams, in 3/4 time.
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Daniel P. Raymer
Raymer Brothers
Fri Nov 10, 2006
Acoustic : Acoustic Folk
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» highest in charts:   # 456   (150,387 songs currently listed in Acoustic)
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About the song
While waiting overnight in the St. Louis bus terminal, a homeless woman two rows behind me died. Before the ambulance came someone stole her purse.
He sits all alone in the evening gloom.
Dozing away in this cold dirty room.
As the mute masses
Pass him by.

His baggy brown pants spill out of the seat.
And onto the sneakers that cover his feet.
He stirs rather slowly
but doesn't awake.

Why Old Man do you sit and stare?
Looking at things no longer there.
What do you see? A childhood dream?
A loving girl and a home that was clean?
A future ahead that was hopeful and bright?
But now you face death...
and the darkness of night.

He wakes up and wipes his nose with a sleeve.
Then puts his head down, between his knees.
And waits for the morning
to light up the sky.
He spits on the floor then stands up to yawn.
Alone with his thoughts in the widening dawn.
And walks off to face
another dull day.

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