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He laughed. “Won’t get me those fancy cheese and crackers, though. I still owe you, you know. I’ll barter you. Any song — anything you’re especially interested in?” She smiled. “How about ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out’?” “Hmm. Do I know that one? Lemme see here …” He bowed his head, consulting the Les Paul. A meandering tune felt its way, note by note: Once I lived the life of a millionaire Partied at Mardi Gras, didn’t have a care Drove my Lexus, lived in Old Metairie Took my friends to Antoine’s and Saints games for free Then Katrina hit, and I lost it all Dragged into Memphis early that fall Been playin’ the streets, Handy and Beale Can’t barely scrape together a meal. Nobody knows you when you’re down and out In your pockets not one penny And your friends, you don’t have any But if I make me a dollar again I’ll give 50 cents to my newfound friend


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