Music Monday – What It’s Like

I find myself frequently disgusted with the lack of compassion and understanding I find among my fellow human beings. People often seem, to my mind, too quick to pass judgment on things about which they have no personal experience or even a decent background of knowledge.

There’s a great expression in the English language (and I’m sure many other languages have their variants of it) that goes something like this: Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. If only more people followed that path.

Some do. Here is a fantastic song by EverLast (former front man for House of Pain) that speaks to just this issue.

We’ve all seen the man at the liquor store beggin’ for your change
The hair on his face is dirty, dread-locked, and full of mange
He asks a man for what he could spare, with shame in his eyes
“Get a job you fucking slob,” is all he replies
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in his shoes
‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to sing the blues

Then you really might know what it’s like
Then you really might know what it’s like
Then you really might know what it’s like
Then you really might know what it’s like

Mary got pregnant from a kid named Tom that said he was in love
He said, “Don’t worry about a thing, baby doll
I’m the man you’ve been dreaming of.”
But 3 months later he say he won’t date her or return her calls
And she swear, “God damn, if I find that man I’m cuttin’ off his balls.”
And then she heads for the clinic and
she gets some static walking through the door
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner
and they call her a whore
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes
‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose

Then you really might know what it’s like
Then you really might know what it’s like
Then you really might know what it’s like
Then you really might know what it’s like

I’ve seen a rich man beg
I’ve seen a good man sin
I’ve seen a tough man cry
I’ve seen a loser win
And a sad man grin
I heard an honest man lie
I’ve seen the good side of bad
And the downside of up
And everything between
I licked the silver spoon
Drank from the golden cup
And smoked the finest green
I stroked the fattest dimes at least a couple of times
before I broke their heart
You know where it ends, yo, it usually depends on where you start

I knew this kid named Max
who used to get fat stacks out on the corner with drugs
He liked to hang out late
he liked to get shit-faced and keep the pace with thugs
Until late one night there was a big gun fight and Max lost his head
He pulled out his chrome 45, talked some shit, and wound up dead
Now his wife and his kids are caught in the midst of all of this pain
You know it crumbles that way
at least that’s what they say when you play the game
God forbid you ever had to wake up to hear the news
‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to lose

Then you really might know what it’s like
Then you really might know what it’s like
Yeah then you really might know what it’s like
To have to lose

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~ by CableGirl on Monday, March 3, 2008.

15 Responses to “Music Monday – What It’s Like”

  1. You make an excellent point with a pretty good song.

  2. Oh, I love this song. And you’re so right. This is one of the things that’s intrigued me about Buddhism – the focus on doing exactly this thing. Walking that mile.

  3. I didn’t know this song but will have to find it now. I love the message and LOVE YOU for writing about it.

    I also couldn’t agree with you more when you wrote “I find myself frequently disgusted with the lack of compassion and understanding I find among my fellow human beings.” I too find myself disgusted by the lack of compassion, particularly by people of “faith”.

    Thanks for playing along.

  4. Blessed be the meak…I have always liked this song, nice way to start my Monday! Thanks for this thought for the day.

  5. Too true!

    Not a big fan of Everlast, but the message is a good one!

  6. I appreciate you providing the lyrics as well – I’m at work and can’t really play songs here. More than anything, I appreciate the sentiment!

  7. The pessimist in me wonders whether it will ever get any better.

    (BTW, I answered your question in a comment on my post.)

  8. This song is so haunting – I’ve always loved it.

  9. I remember this song. It’s a good one. Has a great message too.

  10. Love your post…and how you match it with Music Monday! So true!

  11. I was introduced to this song by my son. We both love it. Thanks, CG!

  12. I love this song, it has always been one of my favs.

  13. Brilliant, Cablegirl, I couldn’t agree more.

  14. Great song. I have heard it many times, and I never knew how good the lyrics are.

  15. Love this song, one of my favorites. Quite a message in it.

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