(Tom Barlow)

There are those kids born to disaster, and there doesn't seem to be any way to alter their fate. Part of this destiny is to run into people who show them a quicker way to ruin their life. Bobby is such a person, and this sad tale follows his long decline.

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Born in the shadow of the Bethlehem mill He wouldn’t stop crying till his Mom beat him still. Thin arms, big ears, pie-eyed, melon head “The poor kid is hopeless” is all his Dad said. School days, back row, staring at the clock Teacher holding Bobby’s ear, begging him to talk; PTA, Monday night, she says “Bless his heart, I’d like to teach him something but I don’t know where to start”. Chorus: He was a dim kid, They all knew he would lose, He never knew he could change it, He never knew he could choose. Prom night Bobby shows up in his dungarees, Fat girl shoved his way, saying “God no, please“. She starts to cry, someone laughs, he knocks them to the floor, the chaperone beats him senseless, headfirst thru the door. Gas pump, Loser watches Bobby work and sweat, Says to Bobby “A guy like you deserves more than you get, I’ll help you ‘cause I like you ‘cause I been there too” He winks and says to Bobby “Here’s all you have to do” Chorus Friday night, closing time, hide behind the door, Owner leaves, throws the lock, silence fills the store. XXXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXXXXX XX XXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXX XX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXX XXXX XX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXXX X XXX XX XXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XX XXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX X XXXXX XX XXXXX XX XXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXX XX XXXX XXX XXXX XXX XXX XXX XXXX XXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXX XX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX XX XXXX XXX XXXX XXXX XX XX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XX XXXX XXX X XXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXXX XX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXX