No Way to Live

by mike ward

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No Way to Live is a song dedicated to raising awareness and donations for organizations assisting the homeless.
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No Way to Live

I sleep on the sidewalk the cracks in my back
All my possessions in clear plastic sack
I got holes in my pockets and my shoes are untied
The cold’s moving in and there’s no place to hide
I don’t ask for much I’m just lookin’ for change
Years of living this life have clouded my brain
But I’m reading my book as I sit by the curb
Most people figure I’m somewhat disturbed

CHORUS Why can’t turn your life around, they ask
Why can’t you turn life around?
It’s a question I hear every day of the year
Why can’t you turn life around?

Don’t judge me or think I’m just down on my luck
It’s like a Catch22 that’s where I’m stuck
No training to speak of-- job prospects are dim
I could eat on my wages but could not pay rent
My skin’s turned to leather my eyes have gone dark
Can you look past it all and see deep in my heart
I used to have goals I used to make plans
Now I sit here hoping someone gives me hand

CHORUS Why can’t turn your life around, they ask
Why can’t you turn life around?
It’s no way to live and there’s nothing to give
Why can’t you turn life around?

I am somebody’s daughter I am somebody’s son
Someone who played on your street carefree in the sun
I might’ve been through a war or run away
from it all
Watched over your kids as they’re learning to crawl

My story is told on a handwritten sign
it’s the only thing left I can truly call mine
To protect me from rain I sleep under a bridge
I have no idea how far I am from the edge

CHORUS Why can’t turn your life around, they ask
Why can’t you turn life around?
When you’re always on guard, eye contact is hard
Why can’t you turn life around?

Maybe I got a will and I still have a voice
do you really think I am out here by choice
I pray to god and I hope he can hear
That I ain’t in this place this time next year.

CHORUS Why can’t turn your life around, they ask
Why can’t you turn life around
It’s no way to live and there’s nothing to give
Why can’t you turn life around

credits

released December 15, 2020
Mike Ward- Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar

Dave Roof -Bass Guitar
Sara Gibson- Cello

Dave Toennies- Harmonies
Alison Wiercioch, Tessa Wiercioch, Judy Brown, Dave Toennies, Mike Ward- Choir
Recorded at Rooftop Recordings, Grand Blanc, MI>
Engineered by David Roof
Mixed by David Roof and Mike Gentry
Produced by Mike Gentry and David Roof
Mastered by Ian Gorman at La Luna Recording & Sound, Kalamazoo, MI.

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mike ward Detroit, Michigan

Lyric-driven, simple folk songs are what singer-songwriter Mike Ward produces. Currently living in Detroit, Mike grew up on the Irish music of the Clancy Brothers and singing in church choirs. His influences are the likes of Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and John Prine. The songs that Mike writes are a combination of stories and life lessons which are still being learned. ... more

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