Nobody Knows You

That’s right. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. This is true. And sad. Feeling down and out is something we all go through each in his or her own way. There are hard times and good times. Ups and downs. We all struggle to keep our heads above water sometimes. But some people seem to have it harder. People on the streets. People without homes. People without money for food. We who have more walk past (or drive past) homeless men and women every day. It is always sad. Many prefer not to look. And we all try to do what we can to help. We give a few dollars. But a collective effort is required – the kind of effort that we should expect government to apply. Surely it is the task of our government to help the needy, to house them and provide at least for their safety and good health. The problem of homelessness mushroomed under the glorious reign of Ronald Reagan the actor cowboy. We should demand of government a fairer distribution of wealth. This song was written by Jimmy Cox in 1923 six years before the world-wide Great Depression of the 1930’s  It’s a wonderful song. Hoping you’ll join in.
But don’t be sad. It’s not a sad song at all, as it simply and openly looks at the truth. And firmly announces the speaker’s intention to bounce back. People bounce back. All of us struggle on. We bounce back.

Maybank and I love to sing this one.




11 thoughts on “Nobody Knows You

  1. I’ve set a link to you and commented:
    for sure the European Gypsies are a kind of complete HOMELESS ethnicity – not easy to organize those people who won’t get organized – governments have to change their point of view, trying to assimilate them, pushing them into fixed houses, schools etc.: those who feel only happy, if they can travel around…

  2. Having experienced some homelessness last year I find it harder to drive/walk by now. The “polar vortex” we experienced here was terrifying especially the days without power/heat/hot water but the constant reminder that there were people out “there” in it ate away at me. We were much luckier than some. There has to be a better way.
    The song was lovely. Thank you.

  3. Thank you, Stephen. I am reminded of a job fair I volunteered with many years ago – actually, a combination job fair and outreach for the homeless around Nashville. I interviewed and created resumes for people looking for jobs. There were other people doing the same thing, and I wasn’t near as fast as the others but felt (personally) that my output was better. I noticed more and more that the line at my table was longer, and I mentioned my assumption as to why to another. The response surprised me. “It has nothing to do with your resumes. I watch you, and you look at them with hope. They like the way they look in your eyes.” We may never resolve the world’s problems, but we can resolve one. We may not change the world, but we can make sure it doesn’t change us. Some say it isn’t personal. I believe it’s ALL personal. ~ Ever love, Bobbie

    1. Of course what you did was therapeutic. I’m in the social work biz and that’s what I do. But, to really help people and address the problem houses need to be built, jobs created – things only a government can do.

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