Alan Jackson’s “Little Man”

I’m a major country music fan… and yet I’ll admit the country songs aren’t usually the ones espousing hybrids and organic gardening and a global perspective.

Yet nobody says it better than Alan Jackson describing the trashing of our towns with big box stores.  And the loss of character and interest, by the way.  

Let’s hear it for the little man, and let’s shop at the little man’s local stores.  

“Little Man”

I remember walkin’ round the court square sidewalk
Lookin’ in windows at things I couldn’t want 
There’s Johnson’s Hardware and Morgan’s Jewelry
And the ol’ Lee King’s Apothecary
They were the little man
The little man

I go back now and the stores are all empty
Except for an old Coke sign from 1950
Boarded up like they never existed
Or renovated and called “historic districts”
There goes the little man
There goes the little man

Now the court square’s just a set of streets
That the people go ’round but they seldom think
‘Bout the little man that built this town
Before the big money shut ’em down
And killed the little man
Oh the little man

He pumped your gas and he cleaned your glass
And one cold rainy night he fixed your flat
The new stores came where you do it yourself
You buy a lotto ticket and food off the shelf
Forget about the little man
Forget about that little man

He hung on there for a few more years
But he couldn’t sell Slurpees
And he wouldn’t sell beer
Now the bank rents the station
To a guy down the road
And he sells velvet Elvis and
Second-hand clothes
There goes the little man
There goes another little man

Now they’re lined up in a concrete strip
You can buy the world with just one trip
And save a penny cause it’s jumbo size
They don’t even realize
They’re killin’ the little man
Oh the little man

It wasn’t long ago when I was a child
An old black man came with his plow
He broke the ground where we grew our garden
Back before we’d all forgotten about the little man
The little man
Long live the little man 
God bless the little man


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