SPARE CHANGE

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At one time I had an office job in West LA. Every night when I would go home, there was a homeless guy who would stand on the island at the intersection across from the VA Hospital. He had a piece of torn cardboard with the words, “Homeles need $” scrawled across it in black marker. Every major intersection and freeway of ramp in LA has its indigent and many of them are colorful characters who help to make up the fabric of this city. My homeless guy was as colorful as the rest. I would always give him change, when I had it and he was always appreciative, giving me a wink or a nod of acknowledgement. One day I approached the intersection to see him fervently pacing back and forth, yelling and waving something in his right hand. As I got closer, I could see it was some kind of necklace. I rolled down my window and heard him shouting, “Spare change, brass locket!” The light changed and I had to move on but he left me thinking… was he trying to sell the locket for spare change? Had someone just given him the locket in lieu of spare change? If so, were his yells in celebration or insult? More than that, I began to wonder about him…who was this man? How did he get to this point? Where did he come from? Was he a Vet? Had he been screwed over by the system? What lot in life had brought him to that corner? Well, I guess all of these questions and ponderings sunk deep enough into my consciousness because that night, I went home and wrote, “Spare Change.” 1/2006

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Spare Change
Written by Julie Neumark

Knick-knack, patty whack
Mirror’s got a crack
7 year 9 lives 8 ball in the side pocket
Spare change, brass locket

Post-war drugstore
Temporary crackwhore
You’re too high to want to try and stop it
Spare change, brass locket

And the man on the corner begs
“Won’t you spare me some change?”
(and it sounds like this)

Death toll, lost soul
Hangin’ on a flagpole
Politics, bullshit
Shut your mouth and quit your talkin’
Spare change, brass locket

And the man on the corner begs
“Won’t you please spare some change?”
(and it sound like this)

Knick-knack, patty whack
Mirror’s got a crack
Post-war drugstore
Temporary crackwhore
Death toll, lost soul
Hangin’ on a flagpole
Modify mainstream government
Please, please, please, please, please, please
PLEASE!

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from Dimestore Halo, released June 29, 2010

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Julie Neumark Los Angeles, California

Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, Neumark moved to LA to pursue an acting career but her love of music soon won out. After the release of her Roots Rock/Alt-Country "Dimestore Halo" (Lonesome Day Records), she followed the demand of her fans in the Southwestern United States and in Europe (Hyena Records) where she has toured twice in The Netherlands as the support act for Beth Hart (“LA Song”) ... more

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