Family's Value
Lyrics: Family's Value
(also recorded as My Family's Value)
Words by Wendell Hall
Original Copyright and Published by TWO KEYS MUSIC (ASCAP) in 1994

1. Mom and Dad may have to sell and move from the house we all grew up in.
He won't be fired but may be forced to retire from the place he worked 30 years with.
The company's cutting their costs, trying to shave their losses; I can see their point of view.
But there's a fallacy, in their policy, they didn't care what my family's going to do.

2. My friend and his wife had opened a café, catering to the people in town.
All of their savings, lots of sweat and tears; the business was coming around.
But when the profits were in and it was their time to win, they're about to realize their dream.
A national chain with a million dollar name starts to build across the street.

So who decides a price for you and me?
Most common people (are) going hand to hand with all the powers that be.
With everything we try to do we're fighting millions in revenue.
Tell me who decides my family's value.

3. I close the windows and doors and walk the floor, I cuss, and I cry, and I pray.
What does the future hold if I have no control over one ounce of my destiny.
I think of lessons I've learned and all the work I've done, all the good and bad I've seen.
My future's on hold, some lies have been told, we've been denied the American dream.
Lyrics Credits: Wendell Hall
Music Credits: Wendell Hall
Producer Credits: Wendell Hall
Publisher Credits: Two Keys Music (ASCAP, Wendell Hall)
Performance Credits: Wendell Hall, Artie
Label Credits: Two Keys Music
Short Song Description:
Protest song in the Country/Folk/Rock style.
Time = 4:23
Main instruments: Male vocal, Electric guitar, Synthesizer, Bass, Drums
Long Song Description:
This song is by Harry "Wendell" Hall, an aspiring singer/songwriter in the Southern California area. As a guest performer ("hired gun") my contributions to this are the lead guitar track.

In addition to his musical talents, Wendell is one of the nicest people walking the planet, as well as being a good cook. (That is the standard form of payment that he provides for my services.)

Wendell has a website, as well as an album available along with other songs. You can find more information by going to:
Story Behind the Song:
What is the value of hard work and the traditional family unit? Big business versus the independent "mom and pop" establishments. The little guy is continually being forced out of business by the big conglomerates.

Song Length: 4:23
Primary Genre: Country-Americana
Secondary Genre: Folk-Country
Tempo: Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Capitalism
Subject Matter 2: Economics
Mood 1: Worried
Mood 2: Depressing
Similar Artist 1: Bob Dylan
Similar Artist 2: Merle Haggard
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later