"Hole In The Bucket" as written by Michael Franti, Mary Harris, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh....
(Money Money Money Money Nothin But
I work 9 to 5 but it starts in the P.M.
and I love the sunrise so I step out in the A.M.
the street is black and shiny from the early
nightly rainin'
the glory of the light it brings evaporation
morning's fresh oxygen cleanest
I take a deep hit help my mind stay the greenest
I'm already wake so I'm not drinkin' coffee
don't want to cigarrette, 'cause it's a form of slavery
walk into the store 'cause I need a few items
the sun heats the blood like a hit of vitamins
needa buy some food and some 'poo for my dreads
can't remember why but I need a spool of thread
Man with dirty dreads, steps around the comer
he asks me for a dime, a nickel or a quarter
I don't have any change so I'm steppin' along
and as I'm walkin' past he sings to me a song...

There's a whole in the bucket dear liza, dear

The day is pickin' up cause I'm hummin' his song
the buses and the people all keep movin' along
to the shopkeeper I say "was'sup?"
and I'm thinkin' about the man who's holdin' up the cup
I pay for all the stuff and get a pocketful of change
should I give it to the man's the question in my brain
What's gonna happen if I give the man a dime?
I don't want to pay for anotha brotha's wine
What's gonna happen if I give the man a quarter?
will he find a dealer and try to place an order?
what's gonna happen if I give the man a nickel
will he buy some food or some pork that's been pickled?
I'm not responsible for the man's depression
how can I find compassion in the midst of recession?
How come all these questions keep fuckin' with my head
and I still can't rememba why I need a spool of thread.


He's starin' in my eyes just as I'm walkin' past
I'm tryin to avoid him cause I know he's gonna ask
me about the coinage that is in my pocket
But I don't know if I should put it in his bucket
walk right past him to think about it more
back at the crib I'm openin' up the door
a pocketful of change it don't mean a lot to me
my cup is half full but his is empty
I put back on my cap and I start headin' back
I reach into my pocket and I have a heart attack
well as I'm diggin' deep I scream "oh no!"
there's nothin' in the pocket but a great big hole
While I was busy thinkin' if he would buy smack
the jingle in my pocket it slipped through the cracks
no one has the change and it's fuckin' up my head
But now I no the reason why I had to buy the thread!


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"Hole in the Bucket" as written by Michael Franti Mary Harris

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    General CommentDamn im suprised im the first to hit this song up. This song is amazing from the production to the lyrics. The song is about how a homeless man asks Michael for change and he routinely turns him down, so the homeless man goes about his buisness and sings a song that haunts Michael. He tries to justify to himself why he shouldnt give him his money, he goes throughout the day and cannot get the homeless man or the song out of his head, So he turns back to give the man his change but by the time he gets there he realized there was a hole in his pocket and the change fell out. The homeless man speaks of the hole in the bucket while Michael has a hole in his pocket: but the universal theme is they both share the same void, homeless or not.
    twilight2007on March 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmmm i love it!

    I feel the message is that there is more to life than chump change ;) We get so caught up in our own concerns, generating selfishness,. There are others that are struggling to survive, they have it far worse off. "a pocket full of change don't mean a lot to me" on top of losing the change anyway. Too bad it wasn't put to use by giving it to the needy.
    spiffyjeffon March 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like the begining coz Michael really shows his apreciation for life and living, "I love the sunrise so I step out in the A.M" "the glory of the light it brings evaporation".
    The music video for this song is amazing too, when the homeless guy is singing "there's a hole in the bucket dear liza" it shows a little girl inside a burning house and the man trying to put out the fire with a bucket, but he can't coz there's a hole in it, it's so bloody sad.
    Piemiceon December 22, 2010   Link

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