A Cryin' Shame

from by Paul McCarthy

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Words & music by Paul McCarthy (c) 2008


Day after day it comes our way,
news of fear and misery,
countless guns scarring us and killing our sons.
And who'll count the cost of another life lost?
Who'll foot the bill when there's nothing left to kill?
Maybe we're all to blame in this cruel, cruel game.
It's a cryin' shame.

And when wars are done, lost or won,
do we set to rights what's been undone?
No. We destroy and we don't need guns.
We claw at the soil, getting drunk on it's spoils.
We're tearing down trees in hypnotic glee.
Rainforests of the world do I hear you scream?
It's a cryin' shame.

So let's make a stand, it's in our hands.
Cast no blame and there will be no shame.
The powers that be will not speak for me.
'Cause while ice-caps melt and the deserts swell,
like the countless bellies of Mother Africa's children,
our leaders are policy-skiing down butter mountains.
It's a cryin' shame.


from The Child Time Forgot, released May 21, 2009
Paul McCarthy- vocals & guitars.
Stephane Espinasse- harmonicas.

Recorded by Richard Dunkley at Eagles Nest Studios, Connemara, Ireland.



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