We’re Not to Blame

by | Nov 3, 2019

It’s not our fault, we’re not to blame

we’re just trying to maintain our freedom

we mine our dark materials, this is not a game

because there are other poor people who need ‘em

we do this to keep our country strong

We’re not to blame, we’ve done nothing wrong

 

We’re not to blame, it can’t be us

We have principles adopted to guide us

We can mount a protest, we can cause a fuss

or continue as our values provide us

Misguided idealism only lasts so long

We’re not to blame, we’ve done nothing wrong

 

It’s not our fault that we make the most of the land

that our forefathers kindly bequeathed us

We’ve worked hard for decades and extended our hand

to the point where most people believe us

For the ones who want us to join the throng

It needn’t be us, we’ve done nothing wrong

 

We’re not to blame for what goes awry

with the things we design for protection

while others may suffer, or perhaps even die

to give us cause for remorse or reflection

we don’t mean to divide , we must all get along

We’re not to blame, we’ve done nothing wrong

 

We are proud to be part of the willing

as our weapons protect the oppressed

it’s not our fault if they are used in some killing

that keeps orphans and widows distressed

But it helps our country to stay on song

it’s not our fault, we’ve done nothing wrong

 

We’re not to blame when the economy tanks

we have policies in place to protect it

we really would appreciate a little more thanks

and if the others get in they’ll neglect it

We’re honing our message, it’s as sharp as a prong

we’re not to blame, we’ve done nothing wrong

 

It’s not our fault if our particular views

are contrary to considered opinion

We don’t need a sermon about our dues

or a challenge to our sovereign dominion

for those inclined to quote Erica Jong

how good is a country that does nothing wrong.

© copyright – Stephen Newman 2019