Once upon a time...
There was a young couple with too many kids:
Poor Isaac, Miss Sue, and sadly, young Sid.
The three of them had never enough to eat.
Momma didn't know what to do or who to meet.
Daddy was either impaired or on pills.
Grandma is long gone, she ran for the hills.
She was an old woman who lived on welfare
Leaving her family with no money to spare
Now you see,
Daddy wasn't always incapacitated
Momma wasn't always so exacerbated
But Daddy had an accident at the factory
Now Momma is always so sad to see
Daddy receive welfare from the city
Isaac is in high school
He thinks smoking and drugs are cool
Miss Sue is almost a teenager, too
But she takes Daddy's pills for her 'flu'
That leaves young Sid, age 4, all alone
In a place they are forced to call home
Well, tonight, dinner is finally served
The kids get pork bone and red beans
While Daddy takes valium, 'much deserved,'
Momma has a smoke and ashes on her jeans
They didn't mean for things to get this way.
Momma and Daddy didn't always fight.
They wanted all the children to stay,
But Child Protective Services says "This isn't right.
We're going to take your children tonight."
Momma, Daddy, Isaac, Sue, and Sid
Were torn apart, kid from kid from kid.
She used to have all these children,
Now she's alone and guilt-ridden,
In this barren land of unfair,
Another old woman living on welfare.