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Poor Man’s Pain

Chapter 47

Good Monday Morning to this new week 47 of 2022

Coming home this song popped up in my random song list. It immediately caught my attention. An incredible voice, but also an urgency in the text. So often thinking of social justice and social care – it sure was down that line.

Bravery can take many forms. For Danielle Ponder it took the shape of a leap of faith: leaving her successful day job working in the public defender’s office in her hometown of Rochester to devote herself full-time to sharing her powerful voice with the world. 

In 1982 Willie Simmons was sentenced to life for stealing $9. HIs story and many like his inspired this song by Danielle Ponder.

[Verse 1]
Did the crime pay more than time
Time and time, and time again?
Land of laws for the darker man
Freedom comes too slow
I could give up if my soul wasn’t with me
I could give up if the blood wasn’t in me
I’m pressing on, one day I’ll see the sun

Chorus]
I’m calling out to the heart of this land
Who’s gonna listen to a poor man’s pain?
And I’m reaching out, reaching out again
To anyone with the will to understand

[Verse 2]
Lonely nights and longer days
Count them down but they never fade
Hard to find who I used to be
I hold tight to what’s left of me
Cold are the days where the world doеsn’t see me
Cold are the nights whеre nobody needs me
Won’t be long, I’m coming home, ooh

[Chorus]
I’m calling out to the heart of this land
Who’s gonna listen to a poor man’s pain?
And I’m reaching out, reaching out again
To anyone who will see me as I am

[Outro]
Freedom, won’t you call out my name?
Freedom, won’t you call out my name?
Freedom, won’t you call out my name?
I am a man just like you, ha
I bleed the blood that you do
Well, I’m a man just like you, hey
I bleed the blood that you do
Yeah, freedom, oh yeah
Oh, freedom, oh yeah

To all out there that suffer incredible injustice . To those that
get a song and to those that don’t get a song and aren’t seen or heard.

Lord have mercy!

Philemon

Danielle Ponder – “Poor Man’s Pain” – Tiny Desk Contest 2020
https://youtu.be/KQDO-Lvo2_Y



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