‘Hot Day in Berck’
I’ve written a few protest songs before. Generally mine are not angry songs. It’s not how I’m made. However, this one I’m playing around with is singing well enough, but singing angry. Maybe that’s the way it should be sometimes?
ONE LESS INNOCENT
Guns and souvenirs
No wasted bullets, just wasted tears
As shots ring out the big man sneers
He takes no notice of honest fears
To the refrain of abusive jeers
And poor excuses no one hears
They pull the strings, the puppeteers
The firearm freaks, the profiteers
Cries for help fall on stone deaf ears
Who cares if death finds new frontiers?
Who cares that under a gravestone she premieres
On the ‘One Less Innocent’ stage of slaughtered peers?
Here’s an example of one of my regular style protest songs. This one is from the ‘Dream Rescuer’ album that hopefully makes its point without any anger. It’s called ‘Ticking Clock’. I hope you enjoy;
Stupid things make me laugh. This is a true story. So I’m in the smelly post office. As ever a long queue. The only good thing about being in a queue is you get to listen to people chatting. In front of me two blokes. One says that he’s sick and tired of rowing with his wife all the time. He says to his mate, “I’ve told her time and time again we need to find a level playing field.” His mate agrees and says, “Perhaps you both will find that level playing field when you go on holiday. A break always helps – you know, a change of scenery and all that. Where is it you’re going by the way?” Mr Angry with his wife replies, “We’re hiking up in Welsh mountains’.” His mate says, “Well you ain’t going to find a level playing field up there it’s all hills.” Like I said, stupid things make me laugh.
Finally and probably the best lyric of all time, although you might not agree unless you’re a Gooner like me. An Arsenal classic originally from the Invincible years – before my time sadly – and just perfect after beating Newcastle ‘1 – 0’ in the first match of the new football season last Sunday. Class act.
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