66 Songs About Poverty and Homelessness

Updated on February 8, 2019
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Out of work, out of money, and down on their luck, too many people face poverty, hunger, and homelessness.  Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about the struggles that poor people face to simply survive.
Out of work, out of money, and down on their luck, too many people face poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Make a playlist of pop, rock, country, and R&B songs about the struggles that poor people face to simply survive. | Source

Tent City in the Suburbs

In the suburbs where I live, there's a tent city in the woods of a nearby community college. This homelessness is in part the result of urban sprawl, as several local low-rent housing alternatives—mobile home communities and residential campsites—have found more lucrative uses for their land.

Some former residents of those locations now find themselves castaways in their own hometown. They can be found with cardboard signs, panhandling at local stop signs or sitting on benches outside local stores. Some venture into the YMCA or the nearby Target to use the facilities.

There are no homeless shelters in this suburb. Those are located in the metropolitan area, 15 miles away. What's a person living on the streets to do?

If poverty and homelessness are issues close to your heart, we have a whole playlist worth of pop, rock, and country songs about the topic. Make a playlist and spread awareness about the problem today.

1. "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins

In this 1989 pop ballad, a cold, homeless woman cries as she beckons a stranger for help. Obviously suffering, she has blisters on her feet and can't walk. Rather than helping, however, the man does what it easy. He pretends not to hear her pleas, then whistles, and crosses the street to avoid her. What would you do?

2. "Moments" by Emerson Drive

A young man intending to end his life by suicide approaches a bridge in this 2006 country song. He is followed by an old homeless man who rises from his cardboard box shelter to share that his own life hasn't always been this way:

I've had my moments, days in the sun
Moments I was second to none
Moments when I knew I did what I thought I couldn't do
Like that plane ride coming home from the war
That summer my son was born
And memories like a coat so warm
A cold wind can't get through
Lookin' at me now you might not know it
But I've had my moments.

The tender exchange between strangers distracted the young man long enough for him to rethink his decision. Now, he looks back and wonders about how the homeless man must be sharing the story of his life-saving act. We are all capable of heroism.

3. "Cost of Livin'" by Ronnie Dunn

In this 2008 country song, a man applies for a job and laments the state of the economy. Having lost his factory job when it closed and moved south, he's now looking for any kind of work to feed and clothe his family. The wolf is knocking at his family's door, and like too many others in his position, he's just trying to survive.

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Homeless people in Las Vegas | Source
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A homeless person in Las Vegas | Source
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Homeless people in Paris, France. | Source

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4. "Allentown" by Billy Joel

An anthem of America's blue collar workers, this 1982 rock song describes the decline of the steel industry in the rust belt of America and its impact on laid-off workers. People the age of Billy Joel's parents enjoyed a thriving working class life working in post-World War II industrial manufacturing, and their children were taught to expect a life at least as good as their parents'.

However, as cheap labor went overseas, opportunity dried up and the union provided little protection. Hordes of workers headed for the unemployment lines, unable to make ends meet. It left them disillusioned with the American dream.

5. "I Need a Dollar" by Aloe Blacc

This 2010 soul song was an international success. It features a man who is facing hard times ahead because he was fired from his job. Now he spends his time drinking. With no other options, he wants to trade his hard luck story for your money as a way of supporting himself.

6. "Even Flow" Pearl Jam

This 1991 rock song is sung from the perspective of a homeless man who is illiterate and mentally ill, as his thoughts "arrive like butterflies" and he chases them away. With concrete as his pillow, the man drifts off after praying to a higher power that hasn't seemed to have helped him much so far.

Approximately 700 homeless people die each year in the United States due to exposure to the elements. On average, homeless people can expect to die 30 years prematurely.

7. "Fancy" by Reba McEntire

Although Bobbie Gentry first introduced this song in 1969, it was country star Reba McEntire who made it famous in 1991. The classic country song describes a poverty-stricken single mother who lived in a shack outside of New Orleans with her two starving children. Seeing no other options, the terminally ill mother encouraged her 18-year-old daughter, Fancy, to prostitute herself as a means of making an independent living.

Years later, Fancy has grown from plain white trash to an astute businesswoman. She survived. Rather than blaming her late mother, she looks back on that difficult decision with empathy.

8. "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran hit it out of the park with his 2011 debut single, which he wrote after visiting a homeless shelter. It's a tragic ballad about a young heroin-addicted prostitute who is half a breath away from homelessness as she struggles to make ends meet.
She is trapped in a deadly world of addiction and prostitution. Substance abuse has been documented as both a cause and a result of homelessness.

9. "Something to Believe In" by Poison

Bret Michaels wrote this sad 1990 power ballad to commemorate the loss of two important people in his life. His bodyguard and friend, Kimo, died alone in a Palm Springs Hotel Room on Christmas Eve 1989, the victim of a fast-paced lifestyle of drugs and alcohol that the band shared. The song also honors Michaels' cousin, a war-wounded Vietnam veteran.

The tune laments the inner anguish and unjust treatment that Vietnam vets faced after their service. It describes the homeless sleeping on the street as being "like bodies in an open grave." Sadly, more than one-quarter of homeless people are military veterans.

10. "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen

This Grammy-winning rock song from 1994 was featured in the movie Philadelphia. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became an international hit. The movie brought attention to the issue of HIV/AIDS, a huge social stigma at the time. The rate of HIV/AIDS among homeless people is three times that in the general population.

In the song, the narrator describes being bruised, battered, and a shell of his former self. As he wanders the streets of the City of Brotherly Love, he fears dying lonely:

I saw my reflection in a window, I didn't know my own face
Oh, brother are you gonna leave me wastin' away
On, the streets of Philadelphia?

11. "Almost Home" by Craig Morgan

Each year, about 700 homeless people die from hypothermia, and the man in this sad country song from 2002 was on his way to becoming a victim. In the freezing weather, he lay curled up behind some garbage cans, trying his best to stay warm.

A stranger gave him a gentle shake and asked if he was okay. He woke but said that he wished the stranger had left him alone because he was dreaming of how things used to be, and he was almost home.

The average life span of a person living on the streets is 64 years of age.  Nearly one-third of homeless people are now over 50.
The average life span of a person living on the streets is 64 years of age. Nearly one-third of homeless people are now over 50. | Source

12. "Is This the World We Created?" by Queen

In this 1984 rock song, the legendary rock group shines a light on the suffering and loneliness of the hungry and asks what God would think of this world that we created. The song was part of the 1985 Live Aid concert to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.

Unfortunately, despite organizers' best intentions, the country was embroiled in civil war and much of the $283 million raised was used for arms rather than food.

13. "Bread & Water" by Vince Gill

Dirty, dead broke, and ashamed, a man who lives on the streets wanders into a homeless mission in this 2001 country song. He's looking for bread, water, and a place to lay his head. The woman at the shelter welcomes him to the table and offers him friendship and spiritual guidance in addition to the meal he seeks.

14. "He Calls Home" by Candlebox

In this 1993 rock song, a young man, himself down to his last dollar, describes a panhandler whom he regularly sees on the streets. The stranger stays wrapped in a blanket, the only home he knows. The narrator wonders if the homeless man's family knows that he is alive and safe, and when the homeless man moves on, he worries about his welfare.

15. "Electric Avenue" by Eddy Grant

Like many people, I always assumed this 1982 reggae-infused pop song was a positive one, but I wasn't paying enough attention to the lyrics. Were you?

It refers to violence in the streets of a real place in London and tells the story of a poor man who admires many things in life that he cannot afford:

Workin' so hard like a soldier
Can't afford a thing on TV
Deep in my heart I'm a warrior
Can't get food for the kids, good God.

16. "Breadline" by Megadeth

The subject of this 1999 metal song has lost their job and the power and prestige that came with it. As he continues to sink into depression and poverty, he spends any remaining money on drugs to numb his feelings of dejection. As a result, he relies on free food for meals. About one in seven Americans rely on food banks to get by.

17. "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

In this 1988 pop song, the narrator is a dreamer who desperately seeks to claw and scrape herself out of poverty. With little formal education and a broken family life, she relies on her own meager savings from a convenience store job to escape her surroundings.

Her partner's contribution is a fast car that takes them to a different situation where they repeat the same cycle of low-paid work, minimal savings, and failing to advance in any significant way economically. Still, she dreams of something better.

18. "Looking for Angels" by Skillet

Among others who are short on hope, the hungry and homeless walk this life looking for understanding angels who walk the street and can lend a sympathetic hand. This 2006 Christian contemporary song encourages us all to be a force of positive change in someone else's life.

For other songs about changing your little corner of the world, make yourself a playlist and stay true to your mission in making a difference.

19. "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind" by Confederate Railroad

The narrator in this 1994 country song remembers his father as a thrifty, simple man. The family was poor when he was young, and he was jealous of his friends whose families were more affluent. However, his dad emphasized the truisms that "It's what inside that really matters" and "Love is the one thing that money can't buy." He upholds and celebrates those values now that he is an adult.

20. "Burnin' It Down" by Steve Earle

This man feels like he's out of options in life. He's in a very dark place. The 2013 folk rock song features a narrator who left his hometown on a Greyhound bus but now sits in his pickup truck in a Walmart parking lot only a half-mile from where he grew up. A deep sense of failure gnaws at his insides.

He has nowhere to go and has been living out of his vehicle. His chances of having a good life have evaporated: "I'm getting old. Got no place to go. It's all come unwound."

He keeps looking at his lighter and his 10 gallons of propane. He ponders hard whether he'll torch the vehicle and the store. Such desperate times.

Domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness for women.
Domestic violence is a major cause of homelessness for women. | Source

Even More Songs About Poverty and Homelessness

Year Released
21. Homeless
Ed Sheeran
22. Grown Men Don't Cry
Tim McGraw
23. House of a Thousand Dreams
Martina McBride
24. Brother
Matt Corby
25. Ghost of Tom Joad
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
26. Livin' on a Prayer
Bon Jovi
27. Common People
28. Dead End Street
The Kinks
29. Santa I'm Right Here
Toby Keith
30. Living on Love
Alan Jackson
31. Hard Times
32. King of the Road
Roger Miller
33. Hand to Mouth
George Michael
34. Hands
35. Do They Know It's Christmas
Band Aid
36. What If She's an Angel
Tommy Shane
37. Man on the Corner
38. The Christmas Shoes
39. Angels with Dirty Faces
Los Lobos
40. Coal Miner's Daughter
Loretta Lynn
41. Homeless
Charlie Wilson
42. If We Make It Through December
Merle Haggard
43. Used Car
Bruce Springsteen
44. Too Much Month (at the End of the Money)
Marty Stuart
45. Shuttin' Detroit Down
John Rich
46. Pretty Paper
Roy Orbison
47. Last Dollar (Fly Away)
Tim McGraw
48. Jackie Brown
John Cougar Mellencamp
49. In the Ghetto
Elvis Presley
50. Work
Iggy Azalea
51. Marie
Townes Van Zandt
52. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
George Michael
53. Like a Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan
54. Love's the Only House
Martina McBride
55. Coat of Many Colors
Dolly Parton
56. Poor Side of Town
Johnny Rivers
57. Homeless Child
Ben Harper
58. Homeless
Jake Miller
59. There's Nothing Soft About Hard TImes
Jimmy Buffett
60. No Woman, No Cry
Bob Marley
61. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
Eric Clapton
62. Busted
Ray Charles
63. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Marvin Gaye
64. Red Shoes
Chris Rea
65. Mr. Wendal
Arrested Development
66. Rag Doll
The Four Seasons
Know a song about being poor or homeless that should be on this playlist? Make a song suggestion in the Comments Section below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

  • Which songs by Ed Sheeran are based on homelessness?

    Ed Sheeran wrote his song, "The A Team" after visiting a homeless shelter. Early in his music shelter, there were some nights when he did not have a bed to sleep and thus had to resort to sleeping outside of Buckingham Palace or on the Tube (the London subway). He has written and/or recorded several songs that reference rough sleeping/homelessness, including:

    "Homeless" (2011)

    "The A Team" (2011)

    "London Bridge" (with Yelawolf, 2012)

    "I Will Take You Home" (2014)

    "Runaway" (2015)

    "Dark Times" by The Weeknd (with Ed Sheeran, 2015)

  • Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote a song for Barbra Streisand to sing about hunger and homelessness. What is it called?

    The song was apparently written for Dionne Warwick originally, but there was some conflict behind the scenes and Bacharach announced on a 1971 television special that he had written the song, "Be Aware," for Barbara Streisand. Here are sample lyrics about hunger as well as a YouTube link:

    And while your stomach's full

    Somewhere in this world

    Someone is hungry

    When there is so much

    Should anyone be hungry?


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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 months ago

      Thanks. I think that comes from being from an earlier generation.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      4 months ago from USA

      Bob - You always seem to come up with the ones no one else can. Great addition. Thank you and wishing you all the best in the new year ahead!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      4 months ago

      What about "Rag Doll" by "The Four Seasons"?

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      4 months ago from USA

      John - Thanks for the suggestion. I'll add it.

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      4 months ago

      Arrested development - mr. Wendel...

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      8 months ago from USA

      Shaun - Thanks for the additional information. Although it doesn't ring a bell, I'll keep my eyes out for it. Also, perhaps one of our readers will know. Many people read the comments. If someone knows I hope they'll leave a comment here.

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      8 months ago

      well i heard it about 10 or 9 years ago so i think 2009 maybe , its like soft rock i couldn't remember the lyrics , all i could remember is the video clip , even when i tried to search about the video clip i didnt get the result , so i thought maybe you could remember

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      8 months ago from USA

      Shannon - I have it represented on both this list and a playlist about sad Christmas songs. Such a sad song.

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      Shannon Henry 

      8 months ago from Texas

      "Santa I'm Right Here" by Toby Keith comes to mind because it made me cry when I first heard it.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      8 months ago from USA

      Shaun - Sorry but that video doesn't sound familiar at all. Can you say more about the song itself, such as the music genre (pop, rock, country, etc.), when the song was popular, was it a man or woman, band or individual, and any particular lyrics you can recall? Obviously, the video made an impact on you, but I'm wondering what you know about the song. They don't always track with the songs themselves.

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      8 months ago

      i need to know about a song , the video clip is about homeless guy who finds a robot boy , and try to revive him but he fails , then the homeless guy dies , and the robot come to live and try to wake the dead body of the homeless guy plz help me !!!!!!!!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      10 months ago

      Thank you. A great weekend for you too.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from USA

      Bob - Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Have a great weekend!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      10 months ago

      Yes, these are songs that highlights hard times and people down on their luck. "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?", #52 on your list, was the anthem of the Great Depression.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Nithya - Thank you for stopping by. Homelessness is hard to see and a difficult problem to address. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      12 months ago from Dubai

      These songs reflect the pain and suffering that the homeless people undergo. I know some of the songs and they are heart rending. Never knew there were so many songs about poverty and homelessness, thank you for putting together such a list.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Catherine - I was quite surprised myself how extensive the list was. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      12 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I wouldn't have thought that homelessness and poverty would be topics for popular music. You have shown me how oblivious I am. You have done a wonderful job of bringing this issue to our attention. Thank you.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Chris - Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed the map. I think they're an interesting add. The editors don't always agree. We'll see if they let me keep it.

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      Krzysztof Willman 

      12 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      This list is spot on, I love the map with the locations of names associated with poverty, such an interesting aside.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed reading and listening.

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      12 months ago

      You have shared many lists of songs of some I knew and others I had no idea of on your list.

      I enjoyed listening and reading about each song. thank you for that,

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Natalie - Thanks so much for such a kind comment. I wish we all had a solution. Have a great week!

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Frank - Thanks for such a poignant comment. It's a sad situation none of us would want to find ourselves in.

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      Natalie Frank 

      12 months ago from Chicago, IL

      I am continually amazed at the ideas for song lists you come up with. Some of these songs are poignant and touching and all make me think and recognize what a huge problem this is for so many. I don't know of any country that has a good solution to helping their citizens with poverty and homelessness. Thanks again for a great article.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Rasma - Thank you for taking a look at the playlist and making a comment. I hope you are doing well.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Dora - I appreciate your stopping by to leave a comment. Have a wonderful week!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      12 months ago from Shelton

      all these titles tied together really makes you feel the sadness.. I loved singing them .. but really never heard the lyrics.. actually until now.. Allentown was one of my favorites... as always thank you for stirring something in me.. bigger now :(

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Linda - Thanks for stopping by to comment. I appreciate your reading.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Heidi - There's a desperate need for more half-way houses, group homes, and other residential solutions for people who are living with severe mental illness who cannot take care of themselves and don't have the social safety net. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Have a great week yourself. Hope it's upbeat and positive.

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for raising awareness of the situation, Flourish. Homelessness is a sad problem that seems to be getting worse in some places instead of better. People need and deserve help.

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sometimes singing about may help to distance the pain. Thanks for including these touching situations in your list.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      12 months ago from Chicago Area

      It's sad that this is even an issue in our affluent culture. But I see these folks in our area, too. What's of most concern are those who are in this state due to mental or other illness, as opposed to a temporary loss of fortune or finances.

      From a musical perspective, lots of good choices, but I think "Fast Car" is the most poignant.

      Hope your week is full of good things!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      12 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Another excellent hub. Never knew there were so many songs about homelessness. Hopefully these songs get out the message of this tragic situation.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Larry - It says a lot about priorities. Even the food banks, unfortunately, can be poorly run. Someone close to me used to sit as an (unpaid) executive member of the local metropolitan food bank but ended up resigning because of the large salary the non-profit's CEO drew and the salary increase they wanted. It just didn't make sense to them (or to me).

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      12 months ago from USA

      Thanks, Clive. I added Bob.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Marc - Thanks for these song suggestions! R&B isn't my forte so I particularly appreciate your weighing in! Have a great week.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Larry - Thanks for the suggestion. I should do a playlist of bar or drinking songs.

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      Larry W Fish 

      12 months ago from Raleigh

      Flourish, there are so many people that live in poverty and are close to being homeless. It is so sad that so many in America live like kings and queens while others are sleeping on the streets. I read that one in five children does not have enough to eat every day. Our damn government can pass a 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut for the rich and cares nothing about the poverty and the homeless people. These songs spell it out exactly like it is. Some of the songs give hope. The ones living in poverty and the others homeless, hope is all they have. I am ashamed of our government.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Linda - It seems to be a bigger problem in the larger cities and warmer climates. I read that 20% of the homeless population is in California. I just know that when it reaches the suburbs in numbers like what I'm now seeing, there's a shift going on. Maybe my community is a one-off? It's a shame that at the same time that we need so many people to fill jobs, including low skilled ones, that people are living like this.

      Many extended families have that one (or more) relative they don't quite know what to do with -- that one who is a heartbeat away from homelessness. I know my extended family sure does. Perhaps they're an addict, mentally ill, keep falling behind on bills, are in and out of jail, or some other combination of challenges. Attempts to intervene and help out repeatedly fail, even backfire, and at some point the "assistance" becomes enabling. There is no easy answer.

      I used to do outreach work fixing pets of poor people and I'd watch over a period of years as people moved from crappy apartment to ramshackle maisonnette to a half a trailer. You could see homelessness as the next stop off for some. I served many of the people who are probably living in those tents I referenced in the article above. No easy answer. You're right.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from USA

      Louise - Thanks for the nice compliment. It's a sad, almost overwhelming problem that affects so many countries and it's hard to know where to begin to address it.

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      Linda Lum 

      12 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh, Flourish, so much sadness in this article. I live near a large metropolitan city and the homelessness is no longer hidden along the railroad tracks or under the freeway overpasses. It is camped in every vacant lot, in the parks, and even on the sidewalks.

      Homelessness will never be totally erased no matter what we do. There are some who simply do not want the burden or responsibility of home ownership (or even renting) or because of mental illness, they cannot cope. I wish there was an easy answer. Heck, there isn't even a difficult answer.

      Your article is powerful in bringing this problem to light. Outside of the large metro areas, how well known is this issue?

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      Clive Williams 

      12 months ago from Jamaica

      What about Bob Marley?

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      Marc Lee 

      12 months ago from Durham, NC

      THere are also great Blues and R&B songs about this issue...

      Flood Water Blues written in the 20's....

      Nobody Knows You When You Are Down and Out....

      Busted --- Ray Charles

      Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye

      Several songs about the devestation and poverty left by Katrina also by various artists...

      These are just a few examples....

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      Larry Rankin 

      12 months ago from Oklahoma

      Another wonderful list. I don't know if it fits your motif because it's a little more light-hearted, but "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer," is a song I enjoy where the narrator has essentially become homeless.

      The George Thorogood version is my personal favorite.

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      Louise Powles 

      12 months ago from Norfolk, England

      You put so much work and effort into your music lists. This homeless and poverty topic is certainly very apt in this day and age. Homelessness is a huge problem here in England. Thankyou. I love the Tracy Chapman song you listed.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Mary - Sadly, the women and children tend to be a byproduct of domestic violence. It's surprising that we can't work out some kind of solution. Additional low-rent housing options would help.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for scanning the list. Hope you get some sleep.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Bill - Thanks for stopping by. It certainly is a sad problem with no easy solution.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Peggy - Thanks so much for sharing the experience there in Houston. There are so many communities that have the visible problem. It's such a complex issue, as domestic violence, substance abuse, chronic illness, and affordable housing are all issues that are in play.

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      12 months ago from USA

      Frances - What a sad testament to how close we each are to homelessness. Thank goodness your partner had you.

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      Mary Wickison 

      12 months ago from Brazil

      When I tell people here in Brazil about the homeless problem in the US, they can't believe it. They assume everyone is rich. A friend of mine who lives in Brazil and the US says the demographics of homeless people has changed. Now more women, and families. It breaks my heart.

      So many poignant songs that highlight the struggle.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I drew a blank on this one. Once I saw the list I was like DUH, but my mind was evidently bogged down with lost sleep. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      12 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Flourish. Another great list. Poverty and homelessness is certainly a problem in this country and music can definitely help to bring the problem to the consciousness of the general public.

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      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Real life is often the subject matter for songs and (sadly) poverty as well as homelessness inspires them as can easily be viewed and heard in your latest post regarding this subject. Not a day goes by as we drive the streets of Houston that we do not see evidence of panhandling and/or homelessness. Hunger still exists as well in this wealthy country of ours. That is shameful!

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      Frances Metcalfe 

      12 months ago from The Limousin, France

      A relaly sobering article, Flourish. There was a news story in the UK last week concerning a homeless mother and son. Despite spending the night in a hostel sided by side on floor mats, the mother had woken up in the morning, reached out for her son's hand to discover it was cold. Dead cold. It's a disgrace we let our citizens sleep on the streets. When my partner had a heart attack in the UK and could no longer work he was awarded just £22 per week. If he'd been in a rented flat and not with me, well I don't have to say how that might well have ended up. And people wonder why we moved to France?


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