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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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Genre:
Acoustic - Folk
Songs by artist:
264 songs
Upload date
June 14, 2005
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MP3 7.8 MB
128 kbps bitrate
0:00 minutes
Words/music
David Rovics © David Rovics 1998 All Rights Reserved
Story behind 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.
Lyrics
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) ---- Created December, 1998 Copyright David Rovics 1998, all rights reserved