Människorna som inte anses behöva riktigt lika bra skolor som de som bor på rätt sida, inte riktigt lika bra bostäder, inte riktigt lika bra service. De där som inte anses behöva vare sig hemdator eller internet, det ingår inte i socialbidragsnormen, de där schabbiga som röker och klagar över att behöva lägga en femtiolapp i klasskassan.
A Love Song for Bobby Long handlar om de människorna, "the poor and the beaten down", och deras sorgliga tillvaro. Eller snarare om hur de faktiskt är människor de också, minst lika mycket som de i de fina kvarteren.
De sista orden i filmen sammanfattar den:
Some people reach a place and time where they’ve gone as far as they can. A place where wives and jobs collide with desire. That which is unnoble and those who remain out of sight.
See what is invisible and you will see what to write. That’s how Bobby used to put it.
It was the invisible people he wanted to live with. The ones that we walk past every day. The ones we sometimes become. The ones in books, who live only in someone’s mind’s eye. He was a man who was destined to go through life and not around it. A man who was sure the shortest path to heaven was straight through hell. The truth of his handicap lay only in a mind both exalted and crippled by too many stories and the path he chose to become one. Bobby Long’s tragic flaw was his romance with all that he saw.
And I guess if people want to believe in some form of justice, then Bobby Long got his for a song.