"Sidewalk" as written by Chick Corea, John Patitucci and David Joseph Weckl....
Sitting in the lazy chair, the channels
Look the same
I realize that the roof is stable and start
To feel ashamed

It's cold outside but don't ask me the
Weather's fine in here
Ask the man around the corner who
Lives his life in fear

Two hundred pennies, forty ounces later
He's okay
He doesn't have the pressure to think
About the next day

But I bet it's something cold and hard
And grey
Complaining and whining all the time, I
Never seem to quit

Always lying to myself, a shoe that
Seems to fit
Never is a long time and it feels like I'm
A clock

Ticking like a time bomb, someday soon
His life will stop
I listen to the radio but nothing
Good is on

My friends are calling up but I'm
Pretending that I'm gone
We're all pieces in a chess game,
He's a pawn

I wonder how it turned out like this, no
One seems to care
The scale has tipped me fortunate is this
What we call fair?

But I've never had the mind to no it,
Never had the guts to show it
I know one thing, his dream is my
Nightmare


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"Sidewalk" as written by David Joseph Weckl Chick Corea

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    General CommentThis song reminds me of Green Day's "Long View" It is the exact same message.
    Invincibleon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is about what we take for granted. here he is sitting inside a nice warm place, complaining that nothing is on tv, doesn't feel like going out with his friends. and all the while there is a homeless guy who is cold and friendless just down the street. he is saying what right does he have to complain when things could be a lot worse, and putting himself in the homeless guys shoes and wonder how it is "the scale has tipped me fortunate"
    punkinsdon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell put 'punkinsd'!! I think that some people don't really know the harsh world out there that is many peoples reality.
    Invincibleon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentInvincible. Your right about everything... I... The huge Green Day (turning to obsessive... I can tell you everything about them) I am, I thought of Long View. But I think this one it more satirical and more aimed at society and not one's need to masturbate because they simply having nothing else going on in thier life. Its like... The protagonist in this song has a house, a stable roof, and he's thinking "Why? Why do I have all this stuff? I shouldn't have it." And feels guilty and ashamed, while there's people just down the street that have it so much worse than him. He'd rather be like the man on the sidewalk, wondering if he'll make it through the next day, then be in that same confusing rut of desentizing contentment... But once again, I'm just some stupid fourteen year old.
    starrain6on April 08, 2006   Link

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