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Rodney Crowell – Ridin' Out The Storm lyrics

The New York City winter comes in cold grey sheets of steel
The numbness in his hands and feet is all that he can feel
Alcohol and sterno turns a doorway to a bed
And the ghost of who he might have been lives on inside his head

In a canyon made of brownstone on a sidewalk icy black
He wanders nearly barefoot with his righteousness in tact
A man of many mansions in a cardboard box replete
He lies sleeping with an angel while his heart pretends to beat

The wind blows down on Lonely Street like an ice pick through the air

Midst the Sunday times and coffee grinds and wino's in Times Square
Five flights up on Easy Street you know she's safe and warm
Way down low neath a foot of snow he's riding out the storm

I offered him my winter coat politely he refused
Like an educated man he spoke with words I seldom use
He said I don't need pity for these choices are my own
He bowed his head just slightly and quietly moved along

Its not like he's a victim of the homeless life he stalks
Nor helpless to get back across the fine line that he walks
Riding out the storm means yesterday's already spent
Tomorrow don't mean nothing it won't even make a dent

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    Its a story about lost love and missed chances. The man is living in the streets in a cardboard box. Its freezing cold, snowy winter in the city. Any city. His lover he lost some time ago for unknown reasons, is a successful woman living on easy street. What ever happened, the man lost it all when he lost her. When the singer tries to offer him his over coat the vagrant politely refuses. He speaks with words the singer seldom uses because he is obviously educated albeit down on his luck and broken hearted. He lives his life shuffling through the city streets reliving the past and wishing had made better choices or maybe that he had treated this lost love better than he had. He has made his choices and know he must live with the hand he has opted to play. I feel that she is constantly on his mind the "what ifs" and "if only's" haunt him at every turn. He has opted that if he can't have her he will walk these streets until he dies. Riding out the storm that he has brought on himself.
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