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Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir, so that every mouth can be fed
Poor me, the Israelites
Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir, so that every mouth can be fed
Poor me, the Israelites
My wife and my kids, they pack up and a-leave me
Darling, she said, "I was yours to receive"
Poor me, the Israelites
Shirt them a-tear up, trousers are go
I don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde
Poor me, the Israelites
After a storm there must be a calm
If they catch me in your farm, you sound your alarm
I'm poor, I'm poor, I'm poor, the Israelite

I said, "I get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir, so that every mouth can be fed"
Poor me, the Israelites
I said, "My wife and my kids, have a-been packed up and a-leave me"
Darling, she said, "I was yours to receive"
Poor me, the Israelites
Look, my shirt them a-tear up, trousers are go
I don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde
I'm poor, I'm poor, the Israelites
After a storm there must be a calm
If they catch me in your farm, you sound your alarm
Poor me, the Israelites
I'm poor, I'm poor, I'm poor, I'm poor me, the Israelite
I'm wondering, I'm working so hard
I'm poor, I'm poor, I'm poor me, the Israelites
Look-a down and a-mean, sir
I'm, poor, I'm poor, oh poor me, the Israelites
Poor me, the Israelites

I'm, poor, I'm poor…



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  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 10, 2012 at 5:23 am
    It is about an impoverished rasta man who most likely, following his beliefs smoked a lot of ghanga and wasn't helping with the house work or bringing in the bacon.. The wife tore up his clothes and split with the kids. He's having a pity party!
  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    Just like the people of isreal, this song is about the common/working man's everyday struggle. The most disrespected power in the western world is the 40-59 year old working male.
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm
    Illegals come to work or steal since there is an alarm. Wife is fed up and takes the kids and leaves.

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