"Last, Lonely and Wretched" as written by Alan Eugene Jackson and Mark Irwin....
You're tired and you're poor,
You long to be free,
But in this Godforsaken land
You find no home, no family

On the many roads that you've wandered
Since the day of your birth.
You've become one of the last,
Lonely and wretched.

Your hair is matted,
Your face and hands are dirty,
And the years that you've toiled
Must number somewhere near thirty.

The deepening of a sadness
Broke finally into madness.
You are truly one of the last,
Lonely and wretched.

Your eyes are wild and frightening
At the same time they are blessed
And I wonder if God died,
Turned his back or only just rested.

And you walked out on the seventh day
Through the big gates and on your way
To become one of the last,
Lonely and wretched.

For once you were a child.
Your cheeks were red,
You were well fed.
You laughed and played

Till you got teary,
Ran to your mother
When you were weary.
But somewhere you were forsaken

Alone I'll not bear the blame
And somehow all was taken,
Your mind, your body, your name.
Forgive us our unkindness,

Our desertion and our blindness,
With you, all the last,
Lonely and wretched.
Forgive us, all the last,

Lonely and wretched.

Lyrics submitted by vphi

"Last, Lonely and Wretched" as written by Mark Irwin Alan Eugene Jackson

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    General CommentFunny point - "you were well fed". Altogether the song is melancholic. Some people are stars (like Joan), some are ordinary but can cope with life, and some just go down to be homeless and junky, and it's hard to tell when it had to be and when it could be helped. So yes, we are sorry for
    our unkindness,
    our desertion and our blindness...
    But we remain distant in this song, which makes it sweet; otherwise it would be unbearable.
    vphion September 19, 2009   Link

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