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(Lou & Peter Berryman, ©1988)
Seems like nothing had paid off, unexpectedly laid off
We'd just been evicted, our hearts were so heavy
And yet we were thankful we had half a tankful
And we were all able to squeeze in the Chevy
Because when you're down and out, as low as a man can get
Remember the family car's America's safety net
There is a place for you no matter who you are
No one denies your right to live in your car
My mother said, crying, "Are you really trying?
You live in a Chevy. Now son, I been thinkin'
If you'd only bother to work hard like your father
By the time he was your age he lived in a Lincoln"
With a couch on the roof rack and a dog in the wayback
Three wishes I wish for to make my life sweeter
Some steam from your thermos on my cold epidermis
Some change for the better and some change for the meter