This is week two of my latest installment, songs that remind us of homelessness. ”Harry Hippy” is an old Bobby Womack song and is recommended by Kathy, our Housing Coordinator.
This is a totally different style than “Mr. Wendal” and has a different message as well. In our interpretation, Harry is a chronically homeless individual, one of the ones you can’t always reach. We have some clients like Harry – sometimes we can help them, and sometimes they choose a different path. Like Harry, they each sing their own song.
When someone choses an addiction or self-destructive habit over an outstretched hand, it raises so many questions; how did this person slip through the cracks? What could we have done differently? I think this song expresses some of that sense of loss and frustration.
Coming next week . . .
Read the story of Mike T., a former mechanic and drug addict who found his way out of homelessness via Respite Permanent Housing – he’s moving into his new place tomorrow! And although Mike isn’t a “Harry Hippy,” he used one of the same phrases that was used in the song when I interviewed him, “just floating around,” to describe homelessness. His is truly a homeless success story.