Folk Song #4: Poorest Man

This is the last (for now) in my series of recently-written songs, an attempt to take my style more intentionally in the direction of simplistic and socially-conscious folk music. I should mention that this particular song seems to get the most negative reaction from those who’ve heard it so far (especially my wife) — apparently it steps on many toes, and I’ve been told by at least one person that it comes across as somewhat arrogant. That certainly wasn’t my intent, but it is what it is. Actually, the most favorable review it got so far was from a friend who told me I had managed to hit on all my favorite “soapboxes” all in one song. Even the idiocy of copyright laws. Well, at least it’s fun to play/sing. Enjoy!

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6 Responses to Folk Song #4: Poorest Man

  1. Ginger says:

    So here’s how far I’ve come:
    I read the lyrics and wasn’t sure what was offensive. I think you’re right, friend.

    I still love Christ, but I’m having a hard time loving Christianity.. (especially in middle class suburbia)

  2. Chris says:


    I’m here at work. I’m able to listen to stuff while at the computer. I’m sitting here with a big ol’ grin listening to your songs, you little provocateur, you 😉 Love it. You’d’ve made a great hippie back in the day. When I next email you I’m going to turn you on to some classic counter-culture mp3’s (no, not Ravi 😉 )

  3. Willer says:

    Actually, I like the lyrics. The tune could use a bit-o-tweakin to make it more catchy.

    Methinks your wifes objection was more of a “You better not think this gets you out of mowing the lawn” type.

  4. Neal Locke says:

    Well, actually, Willer…we don’t have a lawn anymore (thank God!). I think her specific objections were:

    1. My use of the term “undersexed” in the first verse.
    2. The line “song and dance…that’s all I’m leaving when I die.”
    3. She likes SUVs.
    4. She certainly wouldn’t mind a bigger house.
    5. She likes Christian stores, and the NIV translation of the Bible.
    6. Unlike “me & Jesus,” she has no desire to be poor.

  5. Paul Dubuc says:

    Hi Neal,

    The link to the lyrics is right but the one to the MP3 recording is for Imperfect Love Song which is very nice, by the way. Keep up the great work!

  6. Neal Locke says:

    Paul: Sorry about that. I fixed it. I seem to be having all sorts of blog problems lately, huh? But I’m glad Linus’s Law is finally coming to pass here at my humble blog: “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”

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