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Barney Bentall – Life Could Be Worse lyrics

Pa and Ma and Sis and Jimmy
Went out for a drive and some drunken lawyer hit 'em
Everybody but the lawyer died.

Pa had lots of debts so I went and sold the farm
I'm living in a tenament and I'm starvin'
I've got rat bites on my arms.

(Chorus)
Yeah, but life could be worse, things could get bad
I'm lucky I guess to remember what I had, ohh

Waiting in the line one day for a
Bit of soup and bread I met Miss Alicia
And this is what she said

"Keep your chin up Bobby, smile when you talk"
Then she went away now,
She went away with Pa's gold watch.

(Chorus 2)
Yeah, but life could be worse, things could get bad
I'm lucky I guess to remember what I had, ohh
I'm lucky I guess to remember what I had.

Now I'm working out on Davie Street
For a man called Eddie Bones, I give him half of what I make
And he leaves me alone.

I don't deal no rough trade, like the corner cowboys do
I'm a temporary resident
Of Lonely Avenue.

(Chorus 3)
Yeah, but life could be worse, things could get bad
Life could be worse.
Life could be worse!
I'm lucky I guess to remember what I had, ohh
I'm lucky I guess to remember what I had, ohh
I'm lucky I guess to remember what I had.



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  • jopezz
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    jopezz
    Barney wrote this about the bums and homeless of Vancouver, and how the main direction at the time was to convince these lost souls that it could certainly be worse in any other country, so they shouldn't complain.
    That decision led to a lot of upset people, including Barney, who wrote this to show just how wonderfully happy the people at the bottom of society were.(note the sarcasm).
    By the way, the Bentall family represents huge dollars in downtown Vancouver development and office companies, high-rises, etc.
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