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Man On The Corner by Genesis

Album: AbacabReleased: 1981Charted:
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  • This song is about a man who spends every day on a street corner, apparently homeless or mentally disturbed, staring vacantly and shouting at random people. The lyrics speculate that maybe this guy has the right idea - "Do you love it enough to leave it, just like the lonely man there on the corner?" (thanks, Andy - Arlington, VA)
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Comments: 4

Well said Stella. I have never been homeless but I don't belive that all of them are mentally ill,just bad luck and an array of misfortunes unfortunately. Kudoe for you working with the homeless.Keep it up and God Bless..Jim - Long Beach, Ca
Joel's statement perfectly illustrates the point Phil Collins makes in the song that many people make assumptions about the homeless but are reluctant and/or unwilling to understand homelessness or help people.

'And nobody knows him
And nobody cares
'Cos there's no hiding place
There's no hiding place
For you, and me
Are we just like all the rest?
We're looking too hard for something he's got
Or moving too fast to rest...'

I have been homeless, street homeless, in November and December in deep snow and subzero temperatures so I know what it's like. And I have no history of either mental illness or emotional disturbance. I also work with the homeless in London and despite not having a home a large minority of them either work or study. There is no link between not having anywhere to live and mental illness. Trust me.
Stella - London, United Kingdom
More than likely the homeless man was mentally ill. A lot of homeless are ill.Joel - Columbia, Sc
The B-side to the "Man On the Corner" single was an instrumental track called "Submarine." It was released on Genesis' box set 'Genesis Archive #2: 1976-1992'.Jesse - L.a., Ca