58 People

58 people have died today

58 people have gone away

58 people and now you pray

for Las Vegas.

 

58 people have died today

in Las Vegas

but it’s everyday in Iraq

and it’s everyday in Afghanistan

don’t you understand…

 

that 58 people have died today

in Las Vegas

but it’s everyday in Somalia

and now a million people have cholera

in Yemen

and those numbers grow

as more war winds blow

and they show no signs of calming.

 

58 people have died today

in Las Vegas

but it’s everyday in Libya

and it’s everyday in Syria

I guess they don’t meet

all of the criteria

for your prayers

 

which never help a thing

with gasoline and matches

we let freedom ring

as the fires burn

and we always turn

blind eyes.

 

58 people and dozens more

die every single day

in our endless wars

as we willingly pay tax

and sacrifice the poor

for Caesar

 

up on his throne

with alligator tears

he says he can’t condone

such violence

 

but it’s in our blood

from Columbus down to Jackson

it’s buried in the mud

with our history,

it’s not a mystery.

 

58 people were killed today

58 people have gone away

58 people and now you pray

for the dead.

 

58 people were killed today

in Las Vegas

and it’s really sad

but it’s every single day

in places like Baghdad

 

and it goes on and on

as it will for generations

after we’re long gone

unless we are the change

that we want to see,

so let’s stop blindly shouting,

‘freedom isn’t free’

 

hate just begets hate

so lets respond with love

no matter who,

no matter where,

lets all just rise above.

 

58 people have died today

58 people have gone away

58 people and now you pray

for the dead.

 

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel.
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