Charlie

05:40
Word and music by Greg Ryder

Lyrics

- Charlie is a workin’ man goin’ on 45. Charlie’s got no benefit plan Makin’ $9.95. He shows up every day. Shows up right on time It feels like 20 to life. That is for no crime For no crime Charlie’s tumbling’ down That heartbreak hole. What’s down below No one looks or cares to know. No one cares to know. No one cares to know. The doctor found a tumor Way down deep inside Of Charlie’s wife. He figures it’s the stress she’s had of livin’ hand-to-mouth for life. Charlie’s workin’ man wages Cannot meet their need. Charlie gets down upon his knees Charlie’s tumbling’ down That heartbreak hole. What’s down below No one looks or cares to know. No one cares to know. No one cares to know. The Company make sure it give plenty To the United Way. That’s a good tax write-off for them Their company lawyers say. But Charlie’s wages haven’t changed Since the days 35 cents would buy his family A dozen eggs. Some things never change. Charlie’s tumbling’ down That heartbreak hole. What’s down below No one looks or cares to know. No one cares to know. No one cares to know. Politician sit around Expound about crime Being on the rise. Fund raisers on their yaughts I’m sure they must realize. Sometimes an honest workin’ man goes bad Just to meet his family’s needs. When all he wants is a fair living wage Enough to clothe and feed. Clothe and feed Charlie’s tumbling’ down That heartbreak hole. What’s down below No one looks or cares to know. No one cares to know. No one cares to know.

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