Tony’s Song

Tony’s Song  by Marc Block © 2010 Glasspool Music

Tony was just out of school when he was called to the war
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?
His father had served in Flanders, and taught him that duty was all
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?

“Did you shoot down enemy planes?” his kid sister asked him one day
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?
Tony said “well, what the bloody hell did you think I did for my pay?”
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?

To fly he loved to do best, all over the world Tony went
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?
The ace pilot had ten good years, then to Christmas Island was sent
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?

The night before the bomb went up, top brass flew away
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?
Four hundred miles across the ocean, they knew better than to stay
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?

Like X-rays their bones were shown shielding their eyes from the flash
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?
Tony was sent to fly through the cloud, gathering samples of ash
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?

When Tony grew tired and weak, in six months he was dead
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?
Oh, but it’s nothing to do with the tests, the men from the ministry said
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?

Many hundreds more, and down the years, children, grandchildren sick,
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?
The nuclear tests were dirty experiments, and one big dirty trick
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?

Whitehall and all shades of government deny it to this day
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?
All the way up to number ten, all they can say is
Well it’s a shame, what can you do?

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