Now where I live there's a homeless man
He sits upon a crate
He makes a rusty trumpet sound like the music that angels make
Aesop describes a homeless man playing a rusty trumpet and creating beautiful music despite his poverty.
This contrasts with the consumerists he rebukes on Battery who “sacrifice inborn tendencies for copper pennies”.
Given the impermanence of this life he mentions later in this song (“On the day the sun runs outta batteries”) the homelessness of this man might be shared with all humans, who live a short life.
A homeless man in the eyes of society is deemed “worthless” and yet he is still able to take this rusty trumpet and make something beautiful. This is Ace’s way of saying that even though people judge someone that doesn’t mean they are correct, nor does it mean the said “worthless” person isn’t capable of amazing feats. He is questioning your values.
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