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On A Sign
Sunday morning church bells ringing in the air
Sunday morning people reciting a prayer
Alone a woman scribbles in the shadow of the shrine
Fingers trace a story written on a sign

On a sign food is what she needs
And why she leads the life she leads
A sign with a body and soul
For whom the Church bells toll
A sign all of us must read

Church bells ring again people pour into the street
To one another say good-bye feeling complete
Walking past her slowly no one looks her in the eye
The shadow of a story written on a sign


Her clothes are worn ragged her face the same
Was it a run of bad luck or too terrible to name?
We don't want to look because we don't want to see
With a twist of fate it can happen to you or me

CHORUS: (Repeat)

The poor will be with us always - until the end of time
Maybe we can't feed them all but we can't pretend we're blind
Or sound like politicians trying to define
The meaning of a story written on a sign

CHORUS: (Repeat)
Short Song Description:
Simple vocal and acoustic guitar.
Story Behind the Song:
A song based on a woman I saw in San Francisco with her 'story' on a cardboard sign.
Lyric Credits: G T Bouts
Music Credits: G T Bouts
Producer Credits: Gregory T Boutsikaris
Publisher Credits: Glenwood Record$
Performance Credits: Bouts
Label Credits: Glenwood Record$
Song Length: 3:05
Primary Genre: Folk-General
Secondary Genre: Folk-Traditional
Lead Vocal: Female Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Luck/Coincidence
Subject Matter 2: Poverty
Mood 1: Poignant
Mood 2: Moving
Similar Artist 1: Joan Baez
Similar Artist 2: Bob Dylan
Language: English
Era: 1960 - 1969