"Poor Man's House" as written by and Patty Griffin....
You know you've done enough when every bone is sore
You know you've prayed enough when you don't ask any more
You know you're coming to some kind of understanding
When every dream you've dreamed has passed and you're still standing
Mama says god tends to every little skinny sheep
So count your ribs and say your prayers and get to sleep
Nothing is louder to god's ears than a poor mans sorrow
Daddy is poor today and he will be poor tomorrow

Hey that's the poor man's house
Everybody get a look at the poor man's house
Everywhere they went before must have turned them out
And now they're living in a poor man's house

There's nothing like poverty to get you into heaven
They got a lot of wine and fish up there
And the bread's unleavened
They got a lot of ears that heard a whip go crack
Lots of missing toes and fingers and scars upon their backs
Daddy's been working too much for days and days
He doesn't eat
He never says much but I think this time it's got him beat
It isn't that he isn't strong or kind or clever
Your daddy's poor today
And he will be poor forever

That's the poor man's house
Those kids are living in a poor man's house
They walk to school with the soles of their shoes worn out
And come home in the evening to the poor man's house

What are you chopping that wood for
Why are you growing that corn
Mama's sewing a brand new shirt and
You're wearing the one that's torn
I guess it's for some one else's kid who wasn't born
In a poor man's house

Hey take a look at that house
Everybody we're living in a poor man's house
Seems like everywhere we go they find us out
Find out that we've been living in a poor man's house


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    General CommentThis is one of this great songwriter's best songs. While listening, you can feel the song as much as you can hear it. Patty is an artist that seemingly doesn't have to search for something to write about, rather the songs are pouring out of her thoughts and experiences. If you've never heard this song (and the album Living With Ghosts), I can't recommend it enough. Drop what you are doing and go buy it.
    DAS JETSon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. Excellent song, she sings with such pain and it's a brilliant album too!
    that_sullen_girlon July 11, 2005   Link

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