A Perfect World

Another night out on the streets
Just like something to eat
If you got it, Iíll take a drink
Keep the cold off so I can sleep

So itís not a perfect world
I donít want a perfect world
I just want a place I can call home

I could have a bed tonight and a warm meal
If I go to their church and pray as I kneel
Theyíre harvesting souls with hunger as bait
Find joy in heaven they say, for now just wait

Even then itís a race to the goods
Not enough food and not enough beds
Standing in lines just to get whatís left over
From good folks with homes whoíve just cleaned their cupboards

Another night out on the streets
Just like something to eat
If you got it, Iíll take a drink
Keep the cold off so I can sleep

So itís not a perfect world
I donít want a perfect world
I just want a place I can call home

Only in the news as a social nuisance
Never as part of a system that makes no sense
Otherwise invisible to all but the police
Always running me from place to place

Most are ill at ease at the mere sight of me
Because no one really wants to see
The farce and the flipside of their privilege
The cost and frailty of their American dream

Another night out on the streets
Just like something to eat
If you got it, Iíll take a drink
Keep the cold off so I can sleep

So itís not a perfect world
I donít want a perfect world
I just want a place I can call home

Theyíll work me here, theyíll work me there
If I can get there with no car or bus fare
Keeping it short-term lessens the pay
And the parasite temps keep half the take

Jobs are doled out by the lowest bidder
Instead of trying to make life better
Bits of work are for us to fight for
Pitting the poor against the poor

Another night out on the streets
Just like something to eat
If you got it, Iíll take a drink
Keep the cold off so I can sleep

So itís not a perfect world
I donít want a perfect world
I just want a place I can call home

Still had a job when my kids were born
On the up and up we got our own home
For a few good years we were all happy
When they took my job, they took my family

The money would never last long enough
Never time to just enjoy our life
So thatís what we mostly fought about
This cruel system broke our hearts

Another night out on the streets
Just like something to eat
If you got it, Iíll take a drink
Keep the cold off so I can sleep

So itís not a perfect world
I donít want a perfect world
I just want a place I can call home

My kids donít know me, likely for the best
Welfareís better without me in the mix
No money for a meal, yet alone child support
At least theyíll get those checks, for a few months more

Got no say in politics or the economy
Thatís for lawyers, bankers and their cronies
Yet for all I do, they got a law
For all their crimes, Iím just a pawn

Another night out on the streets
Just like something to eat
If you got it, Iíll take a drink
Keep the cold off so I can sleep

So itís not a perfect world
I donít want a perfect world
I just want a place I can call home

For all my work I got nothing to show
Half a handful of coins and a bundle of photos
The memories of my life are mine alone
My small victories will never be known

By day Iím a beggar, a vagrant, a bum
At night I still dream of better days to come
Itís not just your pocket I'd infringe
Can you spare some social change?

Another night out on the streets
Just like something to eat
If you got it, Iíll take a drink
Keep the cold off so I can sleep

So itís not a perfect world
I donít want a perfect world
I just want a place I can call home