A song for Jack, a homeless vet, God Bless.

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Jack lives downtown
under a bridge
away from the wind
away from the kids
he’s a vet
rolls his own cigarettes
salvaged from butts
he finds in the street

Jack goes uptown
at 9 am
gets a hot meal
shovels it in
sits and sips coffee
that tastes like piss
eyes always moving
takes it all in

Jack live in the Homeless Place
He lives in the Homeless place
Jack lives in the Homeless place
and he ain’t the only one

Lunch at noon
then it’s back out to the street
over to the park
where the others meet
there’s only one color
only one race
only one religion
in the homeless place

Jack had a dog
when he was a kid
then they gave him a gun
and fight began
now the war hasn’t ended
back home in the states
try and try
he just couldn’t relate

Jack live in the Homeless Place
He lives in the Homeless place
Jack lives in the Homeless place
and he ain’t the only one

Jack had a wife
two kids and a car
but Jack never ever ever
got over the war
like shedding skin
times slipped away
now he roams
in this homeless state
Jack paid his dues
to the feds and state
but now he lives
in this homeless place

Jack live in the Homeless Place
He lives in the Homeless place
Jack lives in the Homeless place
and he ain’t the only one
no he ain’t the only one
there’s mothers here
with their daughters and their sons
there’s mothers here
with their daughters and their sons
Lord, how can this go on
Lord, how can this go on

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