Poor Man’s House – Mark Urso

This is a Patty Griffin Song. It’s me singing into a Shure Beta 87A Mic with a little reverb and compression in Reaper … playing a Hagstrom HL550 into a Bugera 50-watt T50 amp head and a 2X12 Bugera cabinet, with an SM58 mic on the cabinet. Great amp. Give it a listen!


Poor Man’s House

You know you’ve done enough
When every bone is sore

You know you’ve prayed enough when
You don’t ask any more

You know you’re coming to some kind of understanding
When every dream you’ve dreamed is past and you’re still standing

Mama says God tends to every little skinny sheep
So count your ribs and say your prayers and get to sleep
Nothing is louder to God’s ears than a poor man’s sorrow
Daddy is poor today, and he will be poor tomorrow

Hey, that’s the poor man’s house
Everybody get a look at the poor man’s house!
Everywhere they went before must’ve turned ’em out
And now they’re living in a poor man’s house

There’s nothing like poverty to get you into heaven
They’ve got a lot of wine and fish up there and the bread’s unleavened
They got a lot of ears that heard a whip go crack
Lots of missing toes and fingers and scars upon their back

Daddy’s been working too much for days and days and doesn’t eat
He never says much but I think this time it’s got him beat
It isn’t that he isn’t stong or kind or clever
Your daddy’s poor today and he will be poor forever

Hey, that’s the poor man’s house!
Those kids are livin’ in a poor man’s house
They walk to school with the soles of their shoes worn out and
Come home in the evenin’ to the poor man’s house

Why are you chopping that wood
Why are you growin’ that corn
Mama’s sewing a brand new shirt and
You’re wearing the one that’s torn
I guess that’s for someone else’s kid
Who wasn’t born in a poor man’s house
A poor man’s house

Hey, take a look at that house
Everybody, we’re livin’ in a poor man’s house
Seems like everywhere we go they find us out
Find out we’ve been livin’ in a poor man’s house

– Patty Griffin


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