Fixing America In 500 Words Or Less


Chapter 48

DOWN HOME COMFORT
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      Somewhere between midnight and a frightened century dawn
      I awoke from a fragile sleep, all my hopes aní dreams were gone
      Everything I once had in life Ďcept these few clothes on my back
      Lost somewhere between Saigon and a Skid Row mission tract

              They call me Joe American and I come from Dixie Land
              Played a little football abd worked hard with my hands
              Down here on 5th aní Julian the future donít look so bright
              Lord knows, sure could use a little down home comfort tonight

      A rebel son reborn on the wrong side of yesterday
      Decorated soldier abandoned on Living Hell Street LA
      Voices wonít let me rest and between memories recast
      Lie fragments of my Virginia home buried in a distant past

              They call me Joe American and I fought in the war
              Lost both legs aní my best friend, never questioned the reasons for
              But down here on 5th aní Julian the future donít look so bright
              Lord knows, sure could use a little down home comfort tonight

      So take this letter on up to D.C. from a relative of Robert E. Lee
      The family treeís alive in Dixie; ainít gonna let you turn your backs on me

              Yeah, the call me Joe American and I come from Dixie Land
              And I wrote this simple note, tryín to help ya'll understand
              You know, after the war they treated Lee and other veterans right
              Lord knows, sure could use a little down home comfort tonight
              Lord knows, sure could use a little down home comfort tonight



NOTES:

1. Inspired by Orlando Ward of Midnight Mission, Los Angeles, California and Los Angeles Times reporter and friend of the forgotten children of Skid Row, Steve Lopez; dedicated to Operation Stand Down; Nashville, Tennessee.

2. "Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom:  She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy."  --Ezekiel 16:49

3. According to Jesus, God will judge the United States and all other nations by how they treat the sick and poor Matthew 25:31-46.

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