Greg Hancock with Jo Hooper - The Usual Suspects

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This was written while the optimism that was inspired by the Arab Spring began to fade as governments cracked down, military forces intervened and Syria began to implode. Greg Hancock


The Usual Suspects

Bit by bit
Piece by piece
The prison walls fall down
But the floodwaters fill the breach
And people start to drown
And they kick and scratch to stay afloat
With their feet still tangled in the weeds
That have been allowed to grow
All down the centuries

And drop by drop
And one by one
They lose the will to stop
They stare down the barrel of a gun
While we yawn, and lap it up
And people do what they’ve always done
The say what they’ve always said
“Like father, like son”
Till everybody’s dead.

And brick by brick
Stone by stone
Their shiny palaces fall
To be replaced with blood and bone
While we sit and watch it all
And it’s with a whimper
Not a shout
That the last thing they see
Are the usual suspects
Safe in a boat
With their trousers still round their knees
Sailing off to sea.

- ©Greg Hancock


from For Syria With Love, released August 28, 2016
Vocals and guitar - Greg Hancock
Cello - Jo Hooper

Music and lyrics by Greg Hancock
Arrangement by Greg Hancock and Jo Hooper
Recorded and mixed by George Arnold at Rapunzel Studios, Devon



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