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12. Duquesne

Red Beets and Horseradish
by The Little Wretches

       
Lyrics:

Sheís out the door before the dawn,
She walks six blocks for breakfast.
She donít like to eat alone.
God bless the waitress.
Leave a fifty cent tip.
But the small talk ends with Hello.
She grabs her purse, her scarf and her coat.
Joins the crowd at the bus for the morning commute.
Itís a forty-minute ride to the place downtown.
Thatís where she worked for twenty years,
Itís a Wendyís now.
It used to sell menís suits,
A tailor shop downstairs.
The best friends she ever had
worked with her down there.
Marella, Maria, Hungarian Mary
Speaking Portuguese, Greek, Slovak and Italian
I wonder where they are now?
They werenít young like me
And Iím seventy-eight.
They might not even be alive anymore.

Up one block and over two,
thereís a church where I like to sit.
I never learned to read English but I open a Bible.
Itís like holding the hand of a friend.
I could stay at home, sure,
but Iíd go out of my mind
In all these long years,
Iíve never wasted my time
The candles, the statues,
the echo of prayers
Thereís a service at noonÖ
And then where?
Say hello to Father Frank
and catch the bus home
Turn on the radio
and wait by the phone
Pictures of grandchildren taped to the wall.
Is it Tuesday or Wednesday?
Maybe my Patsy will call.

In Duquesne, you canít afford to retire
In Duquesne, you work till your time is expired
We came halfway around the world to be here.
For this? For what? Somebodyís bright idea.
We never really believed it would be paved with gold.
I guess thereís no place on earth that itís good to be old
Like me.
Just wait. Youíll see.
Just wait. Youíll see.

Up one block and over two,
thereís whatís left of the five-and-ten store
In its heyday, it used to have a little lunch counter
That only served breakfast, of course.
Itís a pharmacy now, And a nice nice man
makes sure that you take the right pills.
And thatís important, you know,
Sometimes these old people like me forget.

These Americans, let me tell you,
And Iím one of them, you understand,
They live in homes they didnít build,
Eating food they didnít grow,
Traveling roads they didnít clear,
Work for bosses they donít know.
Somebody picks up your garbage,
Get your water through pipes
And your power through cables
Like a God-given right
These Americans, let me tell you
And Iím one of them you understand
They want to kill you if you try to tell them
That this isnít really Godís plan.

In Duquesne, you canít afford to retire
In Duquesne, you work till your time is expired
We came halfway around the world to be here.
For this For what Somebodyís bright idea.
We never really believed it would be paved with gold.
I guess thereís no place on earth that itís good to be old
Like me.
Just wait. Youíll see. Just wait. Youíll see.


              
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