"Poor Boy, Minor Key" as written by and Woody Guthrie....
Poor boy
Head against a pillow
Fast asleep
Poor girl
Head against a window
Lost in a dream

One day they will be as giants
Stronger than the sun
But that day ain't yet come

Wide world
Wide world of sorrow
Won't stand a chance
Wide world
Wide world of sorrow
Won't stand a chance

One day they will be as giants
Stronger than the sun
But that day ain't yet come


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"Poor Boy, Minor Key" as written by Matt Ward Howe Gelb

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    General CommentI as, as a person of the age I assume he's singing about, have always thought of it as his way of showing compassion to a pair of teenagers. He feels for how simple they yet are, and all they could transform into. Also the great 'wide world of sorrow' they'll have to encounter and that will complicate everything.

    Argh.
    aboynamedloveon January 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, exactly. This is such a great song. Sad.
    rhymeswithorangeon March 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhile I agree that he is showing compassion to two young souls before they are subjected to the cruelties of the world, I find that in the line "one day they will be as giants/ stronger than the sun/ but that day aint yet come" adds some complexity to his meaning. it's as if hes recognizing the complexity of the notion that yes, it's tragic to enter a "wide world of sorrow," but that with aging you gain knowledge and experience that makes you like a giant...stronger than the sun. then also at the same time to bear the weight of a giant is another tragedy. i adore this song because it hides many complex messages and layers of symbolism in a seemingly simple sad song. i feel like ultimately though, it is a song of experience, not necessarily "sad" but simply true.
    MadelineJon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto me, its a song about awaiting "transfiguration". growing into a different person with time.
    even the music during the song has a definitive "transfiguration" from 30's ragtime to late 80's tom waits complete with the mark ribot guitar.

    its so hard to pick favorites in matt wards music... but this one is up there for me
    j.enslowon August 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFavorite song in the world.
    monkeysyodelon December 08, 2007   Link

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