Pity the Downtrodden Landlord (Clayton) F Bb F Please open your hearts and your purses F7 Bb Bbm F To a man who is misunderstood A A7 Dm He gets all the kicks and the curses G G7 C7 Though He wishes you nothing but good F Bb F He wistfully begs you to show him F7 Bb Bbm F You think he's a friend, not a louse; F#dim C So remember the debt that you owe him C#dim Dm7 G7 C7 The landlord who lends you his house F Bb F So pity the downtrodden landlord F7 Bb Bbm F And his back that is burdened and bent F#dim Gm C7 F Respect his gray hairs, don't ask for repairs Gm C7 F And don't be behind with the rent. When thunder clouds gather and darken You can sleep undisturbed in your bed; But the landlord must sit up and hearken And shiver, and wonder, and dread; If you're killed, then you die in a hurry And you never will know your bad luck, But the landlord is shaking with worry --- "Has one of my houses been struck?" When a landlord resorts to eviction Don't think that he does it for spite; He's acting from deepest conviction, And what's right, after all, is what's right. But I see that your hearts are all hardened And I fear I'm appealing in vain; Yet I hope my last plea will be pardoned If I beg on my knees once again: RG
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