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Malvina Reynolds - I Cannot Sleep lyrics

I cannot sleep for thinking of the children
Who cannot sleep, gone supperless to bed.
I cannot sleep for thinking of the young lads
Who roam the roads, no place to lay their head.
If there were one, it would be cause to wonder,
If there were one, it would be cause to weep,
But they are numbered into many thousands,
And for each one, I cannot sleep.

The stores are full, the bins are overflowing,
In sight of food, the hungry children wait,
And on the roads, the boys begin to wander,
Because at home, there's nothing on the plate.
If there were one, it would be cause to wonder,
If there were one, it would be cause to weep,
But they are numbered into many thousands,
And for each one, I cannot sleep.

We will not sleep, my sister on the mill line,
We will not sleep, my brother from the plow,
Until we've stored the wealth we have created
Within the lives of those who hunger now.
If there were one, it would be cause to wonder,
If there were one, it would be cause to weep,
But they are numbered into many thousands,
Till there are none, we will not sleep.