"Man on the Street" as written by and Bob Dylan....
I'll sing you a song, ain't very long,
'Bout an old man who never done wrong.
How he died no one can say,
They found him dead in the street one day.

Well, the crowd, they gathered one fine morn,
At the man whose clothes 'n' shoes were torn.
There on the sidewalk he did lay,
They stopped 'n' stared 'n' went their way.

Well, the p'liceman come and he looked around,
"Get up, old man, or I'm a-takin' you down."
He jabbed him once with his bully club
And the old man then rolled off the curb.


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"Man on the Street" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Commentthat is really sad.
    bear_hug20on November 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about people either ignoring the death around them as they go on with their lives, or the fact that we are not all that important in the scheme of things, because a man can sometimes die and no one notices.
    lazyoldsunon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'll sing you a song, ain't very long,
    'Bout an old man who never done wrong.
    How he died nobody can say,
    They found him dead in the street one day.

    Well, the crowd, they gathered one fine morn,
    At the man whose clothes 'n' shoes were torn.
    There on the sidewalk he did lay,
    They stopped 'n' stared 'n' walked their way.

    Well, the p'liceman come and he looked around,
    "Get up, old man, or I'm a-takin' you down."
    He jabbed him once with his billy club
    And the old man then rolled off the curb.

    Well, he jabbed him again and loudly said,
    "Call the wagon; this man is dead."
    The wagon come, they loaded him in,
    I never saw the man again.

    I've sung you my song, it ain't very long,
    'Bout an old man who never done wrong.
    How he died no one can say,
    They found him dead in the street one day.
    Connectificationon July 02, 2012   Link

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