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As an internal medicine resident, I had the opportunity to participate in a program called Operation Safety Net in Pittsburgh, PA. The program was designed to treat the medical and everyday needs of the homeless. We would load up bags of medical supplies, sandwiches, and socks and head under the bridges - or where ever this invisible society could be found. Most people, including myself, would see someone homeless and assume they chose this fate. What I didn't realize is this invisible society has its own internal structure, rules, etc. It is also comprised of former professional musicians, politicians, professional athletes, and many other formerly accomplished people. Drugs and mental illness have allowed these people to fall out of society.

As the month went on, I got to know many of these people and had an opportunity to see this secret underground society. Although it existed and was governed by it's own code, it was self contained and ultimately self destructive. The people, struggling for existence and battling mental illness, would eventually self destruct - either by killing each other or killing themselves. Most of this activity would go unnoticed by the general public and those who did know, would just turn their heads.

These homeless people of Pittsburgh seemed to know each other. And although they may not have liked one of the deceased members of this society, they would chip in and purchase a small gold plaque with the name of the fallen individual. These plaques, one by one, were put on the wall on a pillar under a bridge. It was humbling to see all these plaques together on this one memorial that went virtually unknown. Even as enemies, they shared a common struggle each other recognized. The plaques were simple and stated: We Remember...........
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In a time, unprovided
in a land, unforgiving
we lived hard
everyday, lost, in our own, twisted minds
but we pressed on

And the night seems to never end
cold without a light in sight
I think I'm gonna let em
steal my only bed
I can't fight em any more
mother this is home

And we remember
those fought in a war against ourselves
posted on the wall
under the bridge
the sign reads
We Remember...

seems, to understand
why everybody
wants me dead
in the alley, I begin
to draw my blood
I float away
now I'm fine
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Nick_Flash said 4202 days ago (March 18th, 2008)
Your playing is great. It's nice to hear the story behind the music. When I worked in Omaha we had a large group of homeless that stayed around the area who were largely misunderstood as well.
Great post.
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gail60 said 4201 days ago (March 19th, 2008)
This is such a moving song to me. Love the lyrics throughout...just so touching. You performed it very well. Great job! Thank you for the reminder that I have so much to be thankful for, that is so easily taken for granted.
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MarkHolbrook said 4201 days ago (March 19th, 2008)
And Gail...
If you sung with him it would of course only ADD to this wondeful song. I can totally imagine your strong clear voice next to his throughout. Collab?
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MarkHolbrook said 4201 days ago (March 19th, 2008)
Very moving story
and you promote it extremely well through the song, not only the artistry but the performance as well.

I fear that many of us know so little about the world around us, myself included.

Thank you for sharing! I hope to hear more!
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said 4199 days ago (March 21st, 2008)
we remember

The plight of the homeless !! How many times have I seen the 'Many' homeless people sleeping rough.- under bushes, on benches in the park, and in doorways living rough and begging on street corners or sitting on the dirty cold pavement outside shop doorways, too many times for my liking.

Yes !
I have also been there- many years ago- through no fault of my own. Thanks for bringing this out in the open in your song.

I thought the whole package was really good and also loved the harmonising voice Well done, and thanks for helping these very unfortunate people. And singing about there plight.

You sang this so very emotional also and from your heart.
Well done. And thank you.

Peace Dee
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