Take a few minutes and read about 2 of my homeless friends and the song they inspired. This has to be one of the saddest songs I've ever written but I felt it needed to be sad... their story needed to be heard.
Song highlight from the Someday I'll Be The Man Again CD:
Song: There's Not A Day
Why I Wrote This Song: Many of you know there was a time when Lynn and I were knee-deep in working with the homeless in Myrtle Beach. We need to get back to that again soon because we made so many great friends who allowed us to get to know them and help them in small ways and in turn they loved us to the moon and back.
This song was a combination of two of our homeless friends stories. One man, who must have only been 40 or so, always was a loner. I mean even when he'd sit with the group and listen to my music he'd find a way to be sitting alone with a very quick escape route handy. One night I talked to him about that and he said he preferred it that way. Everyone he'd ever trusted had abused him and let him down. He knew what he could count on at night and during the day. Just him to scrounge up food for... just one warm dry place to find. But, at the same time, he admitted it was a dangerous way to live as a hobo. No one to trust and watch your back or your pack. No one to watch your camp site if you were lucky enough to have one. And the other bo's didn't like him because they thought he thought he was better than them.
Another friend of mine, who was also a loner, told me it was just his shadow and him and that's the way he liked it. He shared with me the deep and heavy burden of always feeling like a failure, always feeling down and out. Most of the words from this song came from his recollection of being homeless. When I asked him if he thought he'd ever be the man again he just dropped his head and said no... hell, even my shadow thinks I'm a loser. My first thought was being sad for him, but then I thought, there's a song... and I was right. That was a sad conversation that taught me how very sad many of our homeless are. I tried to portray that sadness in these words. To my knowledge these two guys have never heard this song, but if they did I'm betting they'd say I captured their story.
But, you don't have to be homeless to feel sad and down and out. Some of the happiest people I've ever met are homeless. Some of the most intelligent too. Also, some of the saddest. It's like that all throughout all walks of life. When you're on top you want more and feel like a failure when you don't get that promotion or that bigger house. When you have nothing you can feel the same way. But what amazed us was that so many just chose to be happy... every day... no matter what their circumstances. We can make that choice too. I try to do that every day in my life and I encourage you to do the same.
Give a listen to There's Not A Day and if you happen to walk by someone who is struggling this week, maybe feel how they might feel through these words. Most of them are just looking for acceptance and a friend... very few are looking for the handout you're afraid they might beg for.