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Lifeboat


Category: Singer/songwriter, Americana, Fingerstyle Guitar



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Description: A topical song about the refugee crisis.

VERSE:
Mo walks the streets of the town he grew up in
Shakes his head, neighbors are talking,
“We have to get out now, there’s no staying here in our homes.”

‘Stands in the line at the bank for his savings, at
Dinnertime, he tells his family
We’ll pay the man with the boat, I won’t leave you alone

Gray dawn, with what they can carry
At riverside they wait for the ferryman to
Get to safety or anywhere with a new start

Away from the bombs and the troops and the posses
The hills and the fields they loved and have lost now they are
Men without property, stripped to their hearts

CHORUS:
But it soon becomes clear
Their hopes are unworthy
Violence and fear
Have no place for mercy
Ahh ah no

VERSE:
The motor fails, the captain yells at them while
Swimming away, “I’ll be back if I can, but
You must stay here now, do what you must to survive.”

Overcrowded, people were fighting
Then came the panic, the waves and the lightning
And in a moment there’s only the strong left alive

CHORUS:
Mo don’t feel like a man now
Without his wife and his daughter
All he sees is her hand
Reach for him from the water
Ahh Ah no

VERSE:
Next day, comes a new boat
Too late for the ones pushed on overboard by
The fury of desperate flesh on the bone

This toll, it weighs without number
It don’t forget, just keeps getting number
‘Tap you on your shoulder one day when you think you’re alone

CHORUS:
Mo don’t feel like a man now
Without his wife and his daughter
All he sees is her hand
Reach for him from the water
Ahh Ah no

Submitted: August 25, 2017 8:40AM


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