Underdog

by Dan Caldwell (Recorded by Steve Sobiech of Wisconsin Cheese Studios, Bloomington, IN)

 

 

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 11: Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets as residents and their supporters protested the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown who was killed Saturday in this suburban St. Louis community. Yesterday 32 arrests were made after protests turned into rioting and looting in Ferguson.I first wrote this song nearly ten years ago and have rewritten it multiple times. This current version of the song includes references to Ferguson, MO, the West Bank, Palestine, and our broken political system that seems rigged against ordinary citizens.  It is inspired by the Old and New Testament themes of God’s love and concern for the least of these (underdogs).

 

 

Lyrics:

Now I’m down and out, it’s lookin’ like I’ll lose this bout
But I barely beat the count, so why don’t I hear no shouts
I thought everybody roots for the underdog, so why I get no love at all.

It says “protect and serve” on your Ferguson MRAP
But your commando gear makes it hard for me to buy that
I thought everybody roots for the underdog, so why I get no rights at all
I thought everybody roots for the underdog

I’m not a bird not a plane, I’m not superman
Not looking for a handout, just a hand
I got no speed of lightening, no roar of thunder
I’m sick of the man always robbing and plunder
I’m an underdog, yeah I’m just an underdog
I get no love at all, yeah I’m just an underdog
I thought everybody roots for the underdog, so why I get no love at all.

I got my house knocked down by Uncle Sam’s Catapillar™ tank
So now I’m in a checkpoint line in a prison called the West Bank
I thought everybody roots for the underdog, so why I get no life at all.

I think the system’s broke, does anybody count my vote
Do I got to be a CEO or K Street gigolo
I thought everybody roots for the underdog, so why I get no voice at all.
I thought everybody roots for the underdog

I’m not a bird not a plane, I’m not superman
Not looking for a handout, just a hand
I got no speed of lightening, no roar of thunder
I’m sick of the man always robbing and plunder
I’m an underdog, yeah I’m just an underdog
I get no love at all, yeah I’m just an underdog
I thought everybody roots for the underdog, so why I get no love at all.