June 24th and no spitfires overhead Alas my head is not sleepy but I long to stay in bed For the air today is somewhat different But I'll get up and put on a stiff front As I breathe in the mutiny I still see the beauty My countrymen have failed me But I strive for solidarity Today is a one magpie kind of day. All I want to do is hide and lay Under these covers in complete dismay At the present and the future turning into the past At the world outside, my flag is half mast.
I shudder at the thought Of those distraught Of those we've turned our back on We're humans, we should undo wrong It's a fundamental duty To help, learn, teach, yearn, care duly As peace and love prevails Or are these things just now fairy tales?
Our futures have been decided By those who've lived and misguided Those whose future is short Those who think "left!?" and snort For they've had their time This is OURS and their biggest crime? Paving a future that isn't mine.
To the NHS I say God bless Would you risk free health For power and wealth?
Immigration a modern salvation Blessed are we as a nation To behold multiculturalism and share Beliefs and lifestyles and care We did so well, we have a Muslim mayor! But now we're out, it doesn't seem fair.
Are we really a nation of pig molesting A nation who leave those Syrians festering In squalor over the Channel and all alone After we tore apart and bombed their home.
Surely the future is one of progress Not of an empire and regress But here I am laying in bed Trying to make sense of all this in my ****** lefty head.
What's done is done Along with the rising sun Comes a new day Seize it we shall and turn it from grey.
Now I've always liked Paul Weller I'll paraphrase this as it's fitting and stellar:
"you made your bed you'd better lie in it, you choose your leaders and place your trust as their lies wash you down and their promises rust the public wants what the public gets but I don't get what this society wants."
Me neither Paul.
Written in the wake of the UK's EU referendum. Available as an audio track via soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-glass-collectors/june-24th