Harsh Realities

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Jim DiBattista
James DiBattista


written 3/13/84-----Another New Jersey wintertime on unemployment song. You could go from house to house and there was always someone around with whom to pass the day -and maybe have a cup of coffee. I first played this song in Greenwich Village at Folk City (I think) at an open mike night. I used to take the bus into the city and play in Washington Square Park for change- and where, I might add Woody Guthrie also played.


Harsh Realities Don't mean to be no pessimist don't want to make it seem I'm drawn to sad conclusions by harsh realities there's people sweating hard jobs for next to nothing it seems packed into a compress of a steamy factory young mothers with young babies can't buy them food to eat young fathers and their shit jobs oh those harsh realities having coffee in the afternoon you have a choice on to who with be so many people out of work in the winter time it seems but still they find a way to laugh they keep a smile seen there's many people laughing back at harsh realities