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Broke

This song is by Todd Snider and appears on the album New Connection (2002) and on the live album Near Truths And Hotel Rooms (2003).

Snider

Credit complications in the check out line
It's an awkward situation almost every time
They keep your card behind and they keep your groceries too, yeah they do.

You try telling everybody it's a terrible mistake
But you can tell they don't believe that's true
It's written all over you when you're broke.

I hung my head down as I walked out the door
I'm never ever going back to that store
They treated me like a bum in front of everyone behind me in line.

It was all my friends and neighbors lookin' at me
Like I'd committed some kind of crime
I guess you ain't worth a dime when you're broke.

Why if I had money like I did in my day?
Just out of spite I think I'd give it away
I thought it didn't even matter anyway
And the more I thought the madder I got.

By the time I got home I was seeing red
I pulled the gun up out from under my bed
I put a sock on my head and into the night I flew, away I flew.

The next thing I know I've got blood on my hands
But I've got money in my pockets too
You never know what you'll do until you do what you do when you're broke.

Now if I had money like I did in my day
I'd buy a car and drive us far away
Of course you know I've got a debt to pay to society
Honey, wait for me.

With good behavior I'll be out in seven years
Don't worry over me or shed any tears
I've learned a lot in here and I know what a chance I blew.

The next time I won't make the same mistake
I'll shoot the camera out too
I'm learning all kinds of things you can do when you're broke, I'm broke.

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