There but for Fortune

Phil Ochs

Phil Ochs was an American singer-songwriter of the 1960’s.

Here are the lyrics to one of his most famous songs:

There but For Fortune     by Phil Ochs

 

Show me a prison, show me a jail

Show me a prisoner whose face has gone pale

And I’ll show you a young man with so many reasons why

And there but for fortune, may go you or I.

 

Show me the alley, show me the train

Show me a hobo who sleeps out in the rain

And I’ll show you a young man with so many reasons why

There but for fortune, may go you or I.

 

Show me the whiskey stains on the floor

Show me the drunken man as he stumbles out the door

And I’ll show you a young man with so many reasons why

There but for fortune, may go you or I.

 

Show me the country where the bombs had to fall

Show me the ruins of the buildings once so tall

And I’ll show you a young land with so many reasons why

There but for fortune, go you or I — you and I.

 

Warsaw at the end of WWII

Warsaw, Poland    at the end of World War II

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