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Cafe on the Corner by Sawner Brown
Transcript of Cafe on the Corner by Sawner Brown
by Sawyer Brown
by Bruce Springsteen
Cafe on the Corner
"There ain't no fields to plow, he's wishin' for one now"
No jobs for farmers, they have to find other jobs to save their farms.
Evidence that this song is
about the unemployment
"And the meek shall inherit the earth and the bank shall repossess it, this job ain't even half of what it's worth but it's a thankful man that gets it".
Humble farmers losing their jobs due
to drought. They're working at the
cafe on the corner to save their farms
from being repossessed by the bank.
The farmer in 'Cafe on the Corner' represents all struggling farmers
"Ralph went out lookin'
for a job but but couldn't find none"
Evidence that this song is about unemployment
"He got a gun,
shot a night clerk, now
they call him Johnny 99".
Johnny 99 decided to attempt stealing money because the bank was holding his mortgage and was going to take his house away. He shot the night clerk for getting in between him and the money.
"Johnny's wavin' his gun threatenin' to blow his top,
when an off-duty cop snuck up on him from behind".
Imagery of a mans head being blown off and explains when Johnny 99 gets caught for committing crimes.
Desperation of those unemployed leads to criminal actions.
"Now judge I had debts no honest man could pay, the bank was holdin' my mortgage and they were gonna take my house away. I ain't sayin' that makes me an innocent man but it was 'n all this that put that gun in my hand".
"Well your honor I do believe I'd be better off dead, so if you can take a man's life for the thoughts that's in his head then sit back in that chair and think it over
judge one more time and let 'em shave
off my hair and put me on that killin' line.
This gives evidence to when Johnny 99 attempted to steal money and shot the night clerk
This is clarifying that he doesn't care if he goes to jail, he's been sentenced for 99 years and will die in jail anyway. He believes he is better off dead.
Cafe on the Corner and Johnny 99
Both songs foreground the desperation of unemployment
Both characters did what they could to survive
Both characters are explaining their lives
Both characters are explaining how unemployment affects them
Unemployment causes much more than a loss of income
Can we even begin to imagine what these people feel?