The Dark Side of Las Vegas

Behind all of the glamour
Hidden by the glitz
Under all the spray on tans
And distracted by the tits

Lies a Vegas like no other
Not the one you wish to see
The other side of Vegas
Has a cost, it isn’t free

A parade of homeless people
Far off strip are daily seen
Heading for a bed and meal
Away from where the grass is green

The locals all accept it
It’s a darker part of town
Where there’s fewer painted smiles
On this Las Vegas clown

Every other building
Is boarded up or framed
In steel bar covered windows
With no winners at the game

The goal of all the walkers
Is to get to the next day
They can’t afford to leave here
They can’t afford to stay

Each walkway full of hawkers
Selling water for a buck
Passed out drunks all sleeping
Hoping you will toss a buck

Some saints and many sinners
Came to find the life they lead
Is not the one they looked for
When they came here to fill their greed

Don’t look behind the curtain
You will not like what you will find
The darker side of Vegas
Is not one that’s in your mind

A parade of desperate people
Walk the streets each night alone
Past the empty buildings
Pass the bail bonds, guns and loans

To truly see Las Vegas
You have to venture off the strip
Into a world of darkness
And in truth, it’s a short trip

Behind the glitz and glamour
Away from where the tourists go
Is the dark side of Las Vegas
That only few will ever know


  1. all ok. wife lost her mum two weeks back. busy working on songs with a writer out of dallas. not much happening on this site, get the same people…..follow as many as i can, but, not a lot of responses, so concentrating on book work and songs. christmas book is almost ready for publication, with illustations out of colorado. but, thanks for asking, i’m ok. may look into posting a few this week.

    thanks again Thelma

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