Song For Scout
Author: D. Barron
Singer : Eric Butler
Air: Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

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Title

Song For Scout
Author: D. Barron
Singer : Eric Butler
Air: Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore

Subject

In Harper Lee's great novel, To kill a mockingbird, Scout is a young girl with all the perceptive inquisitiveness and honest questioning of a child. The persona of Scout is borrowed to question some aspects of today's world.

Description

You ask me why some people try to be better than the rest
When underneath the fancy clothes we’re all the same undressed;
Big house or farm or costly car, that’s what we call success:
True values lost, and at what cost, in the rat race of excess.

And then there’s why some people try to own all for themselves,
Be it land or gold, new wealth or old, life’s all about one’s wealth;
While many starve under cold stars: no house, no bed, no food;
It’s hardly fair the rich don’t care when we’re all just passing through.

You wonder why some children cry, their lives devoid of joy
While others feast and grow obese and ease fills up their lives;
Poor children weep in broken streets, their families scattered far;
No peaceful sleep, no glow of hope shines with each morning star.

You ask me to explain to you skin colours that we wear,
Why some think they’re superior to those of different race.
White or black or yellow hue, or any shade between,
When we’re pierced and then we bleed it’s all red blood we bleed.

You question why under God’s sky so many creeds proclaim
To be the one and only way, Man’s destiny and Fate.
They talk of love and dignity but bring hatred to our streets:
If only they would walk the talk and practise what they preach.

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“Song For Scout Author: D. Barron Singer : Eric Butler Air: Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore,” From Carlow Streams, accessed April 15, 2021, http://fromcarlowstreams.ie/items/show/14.