Pay the Rent

© Jeffrey Hellman 1991




You must pay the rent

I can't pay the rent


There's a new eviction notice

It's the fifth one on the street

If I don't get some money

I'll be living on my feet


The landlord and the sheriff

Are beating down my door

You know that I would pay them

If I wasn't so poor


I've sold all my possessions

There isn't anymore

So why should I pay money

For sleeping on the floor


The locksmith came on Tuesday

Changed the locks on every door

I got my backpack out the window

I can't live there anymore


I'm at the mercy of the universe

I'm living by my wits

If a lady give me shelter

I'll gladly pay the rent