"Little Man" as written by and Alan Eugene Jackson....
I remember walkin' 'round the court square sidewalk
Lookin' in windows at things I couldn't want
There's Johnson's hardware and Morgan's jewelry
And the ol' Lee king's apothecary
They ware the little man
The little man

I go back now and the stores are all empty
Except for an old coke sign from 1950
Boarded up like they never existed
Or renovated and called historic districts
There goes the little man
There goes the little man

Now the court square's just a set of streets
That the people go round but they seldom think
Bout the little man that built this town
Before the big money shut em down
And killed the little man
Oh the little man

He pumped your gas and he cleaned your glass
And one cold rainy night he fixed your flat
The new stores came where you do it yourself
You buy a lotto ticket and food off the shelf
Forget the little man
Forget about that little man

He hung on there for a few more years
But he couldn't sell slurpees
And he wouldn't sell beer
Now the bank rents the station
To a down the road
And sell velvet Elvis and
Second-hand clothes
There goes little man
There goes another little man

Now the court square's just a set of streets
That the people go round but they seldom think
Bout the little man that built this town
Before the big money shut em down
And killed the little man
Oh the little man

Now the stores are lined up in a concrete strip
You can buy the world with just one trip
And save a penny 'cause it's jumbo size
They don't even realize
They're killin' the little man
Oh the little man

Now the court square's just a set of streets
That the people go round but they seldom think
Bout the little man that built this town
Before the big money shut em down
And killed the little man
Oh the little man

It wasn't long when I was a child
An old black man came with his mule and his plow
He broke the ground where we grew our garden
Back before we'd all forgot about the little man
The little man
Long live the little man
God bless the little man


Lyrics submitted by danizzygurl

"Little Man" as written by Alan Eugene Jackson

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Little Man song meanings
Add your thoughts

1 Comment

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentMan what a great song on a subject that isn't touched upon enough. It hits upon the people and their places and jobs within small towns.

    In the town of 1200 where I was raised it was so similar to the points in this song. The majority of my peers wanted nothing more than to get out of town at 18, go to school, and get rich. The values that made the early to mid 20th Century so great seemed to be lost upon those from the '80s on.

    "You can buy the world with just one trip
    And save a penny 'cause it's jumbo size
    And they don't even realize
    They're killin' the little man"

    What a sad song that rings so true all over the country. People need think more about how everything they do in their own lives affects the community as a whole.
    cj277von July 14, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain