With fifteen hundred dollars
And a token,
I threw the dice, pushed a broken car
And took a ride
To Kentucky avenue.
Engaged, I wed a bride,
Bought a little green house,
Paid the down payment, utility bills
And became a realtor with weekly pay.
Then the recession,
I lost my job
and it’s two hundred a week.
I binged at three places
and wound up in jail;
And when I had nothing else,
My life going around in circles,
I hocked the ring, sold the house;
And, going bankrupt,
Mortgaged the spouse,
and traded in the car,
For one shoe;
Then, trodding from Park Place
to Baltic Avenue, I lost my shoe
And the once perfect life it fit.
You see dreams were but the houses
We traded our lives for.
Suddenly made aware of this,
I then walked barefoot and blissful off the board.
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(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
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