by Ken Krupnik
My first fire station was LAFD Fire Station 9 in LA’s Skid Row. It is one of the busiest fire stations in the city. The population of Skid Row is between 3,000 and 6,000 homeless men and women. The sidewalks are lined with cardboard boxes, tents, shopping carts, and the strong smell of urine. I quickly noted a pattern that brings the people to such a dire life. Alcohol, drug abuse, sometimes coupled with mental illness, and fallen soldiers suffering from PTSD. So I wrote this song in hopes that it could help prevent just one person from sliding down to that hellhole. Maybe that one person could even be my own child, or yours.
All the iTunes and Amazon proceeds of this song are donated to the Union Rescue Mission. They provide food and temporary shelter to the down and out living homeless in the mean streets of LA's Skid Row.