“I pity the poor immigrant.”

Lyrics by Bob Dylan, from the album John Wesley Harding, 1968. Just played on Lebanon’s national radio station. The number of those emigrated from Lebanon is estimated to be three to four times the national population. [video link]

I Pity the Poor Immigrant
I pity the poor immigrant
Who wishes he would’ve stayed home
Who uses all his power to do evil
But in the end is always left so alone
That man whom with his fingers cheats
And who lies with ev’ry breath
Who passionately hates his life
And likewise, fears his death

I pity the poor immigrant
Whose strength is spent in vain
Whose heaven is like Ironsides
Whose tears are like rain
Who eats but is not satisfied
Who hears but does not see
Who falls in love with wealth itself
And turns his back on me

I pity the poor immigrant
Who tramples through the mud
Who fills his mouth with laughing
And who builds his town with blood
Whose visions in the final end
Must shatter like the glass
I pity the poor immigrant
When his gladness comes to pass

About Daniel Drennan ElAwar

Adoptee, rematriated.
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