Then I Met a Man

© 1995 Earl Vickers

I once had no food to eat
Then I met a man who had no teeth
I once had no shoes to wear
Then I met a man who had no feet

I once had no shirt to wear
Then I met a man who had no pants
I once had no lady friend
Then I met a man with no right hand

When you’re down on your luck
and you just spent your last buck
There’s always someone else
who has it even worse

When you’ve gone completely mad
and you’ve lost everything you had
Look around and you’ll be glad it isn’t worse
Your life could be an endless curse

I once had no house to live in
Then I met a man who had no skin
I once had an iron lung
Then I met a man whose lung was tin

I once had no energy
Then I met a man who had no mass
I once had no toilet paper
Then I met a man who had no ass

When you’re down on your luck
No matter how bad your life sucks
There’s always someone else
who has it even worse

When you’ve gone completely mad
and you’ve lost everything you had
Look around and you’ll be glad it isn’t worse
Your life could be an endless curse
Your other car could be a hearse
I could sing another verse

I once had a mirror on the wall
Then I met a man
who was lucky after all

 

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