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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Little Man - Alan Jackson

Little Man
Alan Jackson

I remember walk'in round the court square sidewalks

Lookin' in windows at things I couldn't want
There's Johnson's Hardware and Morgan's Jewelry

And the ol' Lee King's Apothecary

They ware the little man
The little man

I go back now and the stores are all empty
Except for an old coke sign from 1950
Boarded up like they never existed
Or renovated and called 'Historic Districts'
There goes the Little Man

There goes the Little Man

Now the Court Square is just a set of streets

That the people go round but they seldom think

'Bout the Little Man that built this town
Before the big money shut em down
And killed the Little Man
Oh, the Little Man

He pumped your gas and he cleaned your glass

And one cold rainy night he fixed your flat

The new stores came where you 'do-it-yourself'

You buy a lotto ticket and food off the shelf

Forget about the Little Man

Forget about that Little Man

He hung on there for a few more years
But he couldn't sell Slurpees
And he wouldn't sell beer

Now the bank rents the station
To a man down the road

And they sell velvet Elvis and
Second-hand clothes
There goes Little Man
There goes another Little Man


Now the stores are lined up in a concrete strip

You can buy the world with just one trip

And save a penny cause it's 'Jumbo size'
They don't even realize

They're killin' the Little Man
Oh, the Little Man

It wasn't long when I was a child
An old black man came with his plow
He broke the ground where we grew our garden
Back before we'd all forgot about
the Little Man
The Little Man
Long live the Little Man

God Bless the Little Man...

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