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Baltimore

Nina Simone wrote amazing songs and propelled forward great songs by others. An honour for Randy Newman that she would record his music. It’s also one of the most likeable things about Jim Guthrie – he knows everything she did. You can quiz him.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH9ZzrkLTDQ

 

by Randy Newman

Beat-up little seagull
On a marble stair
Trying to find the ocean
Looking everywhere

Hard times in the city
In a hard town by the sea
Ain’t nowhere to run to
There ain’t nothing here for free

Hooker on the corner
Waiting for a train
Drunk lying on the sidewalk
Sleeping in the rain

And the people hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
‘Cause the city’s dying
And they don’t know why

Oh, Baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live
Oh, Baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live

Get my sister Sandy
And my little brother Ray
Buy a big old wagon
Gonna haul us all away

Living in the country
Where the mountain’s high
Never coming back here
‘Til the day I die

Oh, Baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live
Oh, Baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live