"There But For Fortune" as written by and Phil Ochs....
Show me a prison, show me a jail,
Show me a prisoner whose face has gone pale
And I'll show you a young man with so many reasons why
And there but for fortune, may go you or I

Show me the alley, show me the train,
Show me a hobo who sleeps out in the rain,
And I'll show you a young man with so many reasons why
There but for fortune, may go you or go I you and I.

Show me the whiskey stains on the floor,
Show me the dunkin' man as he stumbles out the door,
And I'll show you a young man with so many reasons why
There but for fortune, may go you or go I you and I.

Show me the country where bombs had to fall,
Show me the ruins of buildings once so tall,
And I'll show you a young land with so many reasons why
There but for fortune, go you or go I you and I.
You and I,
There but for fortune, go you or go I you and I.


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"There But for Fortune" as written by Phil Ochs

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    General CommentI don't know the meaning of this song, would appreciate some light.
    lovesongmeaninon September 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentNice cover of Phil Ochs. I think the title says it all, we are all here for fortune. There's the inmate, the hobo, the drunk and a war torn land (for Baez, possibly in reference to the Vietnam War). All have failed an attempt to gain good fortune.
    vulgarison March 04, 2017   Link

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