Lyrics - Some Hae Meat - (Ian Walker, Robert Burns)

As Ian states, this song was provoked in 1983 on hearing that we spend billions of pounds each year in Britain advertising food. The chorus is Robert Burns' 'Selkirk Grace'. Ian never thought anyone else would be interested in the song, but Alistair McDonald added a final verse of hope.

From my armchair window on this world
Before my eyes appearing
Foods for breakfasts, dinners, teas
And in-between meals feeding

Some hae meat and cannae eat
Some would eat that want it
But we hae meat and we can eat
So let the Lord be thankit

From my armchair window on this world
I see butter mountains rising
And fish thrown back into the sea
And leaders compromising

And then I see one bowl of rice
A child's eye staring at me
With feeble bones life never owned
Reaching out to touch me

Just down the road a million miles
Our children they are crying
Too weak to eat they've got no meat
They spend their living dying

But the ill divisions of this world
Exist because we let them
The choice is ours 'tween need and greed
To help, or just forget them



Simply Burns


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