Dignity

written by Katey Sagal & Paul Gordon


He ain't crazy, he ain't dumb
Don't call him lazy, he's the unfortunate one
Lost his job ... when the plant closed down
Was about Christmas time ...
now there's no work to be found
And like so many leaves we keep on walking by
We don't notice the pain in our brother's eyes

Oh, every mother's son, every single one
Has the right to dignity
Oh, every shattered dream, every soul in need
Has the right to dignity
What you gonna do with your babies
Home of the brave ... land of the free
Nobody's asking for what ain't theirs
Just their dignity ...

Now she's angry, she worked all day
Rent is due, she don't have enough to pay
She once lived out the American dream
Said "nothin bad's ever gonna happen to me"
And like so many stones that we throw away
She's got nothin' left for a rainy day
Oh, every mother's son, every single one
Has the right to dignity
Oh, every shattered dream, every soul in need
Has the right to dignity
What you gonna do with your babies
Home of the brave ... land of the free
Nobody's asking for what ain't theirs
Just their dignity ...

And I call it a human thing
And it comes from inside
Oh yes it's this human thing
To want to be warm in the night
Oh, every mother's son, every single one
Has the right to dignity
Oh, every shattered dream, every soul in need
Has the right to dignity
What you gonna do with your babies
Home of the brave ... land of the free
Nobody's asking for what ain't theirs
Just their dignity ...