Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Music – Song #118

Bruce Springsteen
“I Aint’ Got No Home” —

Bruce Springsteen is an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his work with the E Street Band. Nick-named “The Boss”, he is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, his Jersey Shore roots, his distinctive voice and energetic stage performances.

​Springsteens recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A. find pleasures in the struggles of daily American life. He has sold more than 140 million records worldwide and more than 64 million records in the U.S.. making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all-time. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, An Academy Award and a Tony Award. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

“I Ain’t Got No Home” was a song made popular by Woody Guthrie and is based on an old gospel song known as “I Don’t Feel At Home In This Place Anymore,” in which a version was recorded by June Carter and her family in the 1930’s.

In the song the singer laments the difficulties presented in life and was meant to capture the unrelieved anger of the Dust Bowl refugees during the Great Depression.

The Boss puts his heart and soul into this version in a folk revival that only he could pull off.

I ain’t got no home, I’m just a ramblin’ ’round
Work when I can get it, I roam from town to town
The police make it hard, boys, wherever I may go
I ain’t got no home in this world anymore

I was farmin’ shares and always I was done
My debts they was so many they wouldn’t go around
Drought got my crops and Mr. Banker’s at my door
I ain’t got no home in this world anymore

Six children I have raised, they’re scattered and they’re gone
And my darling wife to heaven she has flown
She died of the fever upon the cabin floor
And I ain’t got no home in this world anymore​

I mined in your mines and I gathered in your corn
I been workin’ mister since the day that I was born
I worry all the time like I never did before
‘Cause I ain’t got no home in this world anymore

Well, now I just ramble ’round to see what I can see
This wide wicked world is a funny place to be
The gamblin’ man is rich and the workin’ man is poor
I ain’t got no home in this world anymore

I’m stranded on this road that goes from sea to sea
A hundred thousand others are stranded here with me
A hundred thousand others, yes, a hundred thousand more
I ain’t got no home in this world anymore.

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About the Author

Tim Houchen
Tim Houchen was homeless and living at the Santa Ana Civic Center between 2011 and 2015. He began advocating for the homeless community there while he was still homeless as a founding member of the infamous Civic Center Roundtable. The “grass roots” organization was composed of homeless individuals living at the civic center and Houchen was elected to serve as the groups first official spokesman in 2014. Tim is now in permanent supportive housing and lives in the City of Anaheim where he serves as a Commissioner of Housing and Community Development. Tim is also a member of the Orange County Continuum of Care and serves as Co-Chairman of the Homeless Providers Forum. He founded the nonprofit, Hope 4 Restoration, in 2017 and serves as Executive Director of the organization. Houchen created this site as a vehicle to share his knowledge, information and most of all, his experience which allows him to view the current homeless crisis in Orange County from a different and very unique perspective, a “Homeless Perspective.”

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