Week Thirteen: “Hero on the Street”

Met a man on the street
said he used to be a boxer
said he used to be a hero
like Hercules, De Niro,
Wonder Woman
and Cassius Clay

Fought the Spinkses and the Quarrys,
fought the draft board, now he worries
when he can’t remember where he’s from
or half his children’s names

But he’s a hero just the same
Jimmy Breslin wrote his name down
in a list of all the great ones
who never had their shot

But he’s a hero just the same
is what he tells me on the street

Met a man living on the street
said he started losing
age of 33 thanks to booze
and cocaine
second wife named Anna Jane
and taking dives for scratch

Did a stint or two in jail
spent all his money making bail
I tell you
fortune is a monster
you can chase but never catch

But he’s a hero just the same
Larry Merchant said his name on TV
talking about the great ones
who never got their shot

But he’s a hero just the same
is what he tells me on the street

Met a man begging on the street
said won’t you give me a dollar
I’ll tell you any story you want for a dollar
I’ll fight anyone for a dollar
just give me something to hold

But he’s a hero just the same
Paul Simon wrote that song about him
at least that’s what he tells folks
when he wants to drink for free

But he’s a hero just the same
is what he tells me on the street

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