There But for Fortune

Words and Music by Phil Ochs

Lyrics

Show me a prison, show me a jail
Show me a prison man whose face is growin' pale
And I'll show you a young man with many reasons why
And there but for fortune may go you or I

Show me an alley, show me a train
Show me a hobo who sleeps out in the rain
And I'll show you a young man with many reasons why
And there but for fortune may go you or I

Show me the whiskey that stains on the floor
Show me a drunken man as he stumbles out the door
And I'll show you a young man with many reasons why
And there but for fortune may go you or I

Show me a 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
And there but for fortune may go you or I, or I

Notes

Copyright © 1963 APPLESEED MUSIC, INC.