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Melting Pot

from wishing well motel by Rob Lamothe

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so i says to my son be careful with the gun
you never know it could be loaded
next thing i see he's aimed it at me
and it's exploded

well he grabbed my cash and he grabbed my car
has a bash down at the nudie bar
robs a grocery store blows away the clerk
another dollar for another days work

i been workin everyday earnin just enough pay
to feed the wife and family
then the government sold my ass down the river
now i'm just another casualty

yeah, they took my job and they gave it away
to some newly landed immigrant
works all day for minimum pay
feels like the president

now i spend my time in the poverty line
scratchin to find a crumb
some people call me just a pawn in the game
some people call me a bum

well i got one question for ya up in your mansion
with your power and your wealth
hey mister politician
did you change the truth to suit yourself

it's a violent world full of flesh and pain
a tight-rope walk across an open vein
it's a hail mary a suicide shot
pretty dark and scary in this melting pot

now the times gone by and the wells run dry
feels like there's something missin
my wife left a while ago and brother don't ya know
i ain't got a pot to piss in

while you're sittin there in your easy chair
perhaps you'll understand
why climbin through your window tonight
is a dark haired desperate man


from wishing well motel, released January 1, 2001


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