Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Revised song in memorium of habeas corpus in the US

Here is a modified version of an original song I wrote in this post after the passing of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 mourning the virtual loss of habeas corpus judicial protections.

To be sung to the tune of "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John:

Goodbye habeas corpus,
though I never needed to use you at all
you had the strength to guarantee fair trials
no matter what....

You crawled out of the British law
and you were entered, by name,
into democratic history
and the world was never the same again....

And it seems to me you lived your life
like a candle burning strong,
never waning when the King
tried to blow you out.

And I would have liked to know you
but I have never been imprisoned,
your candle of freedom burned out long...
before your legend ever will....

Goodbye habeas corpus
thanks to those bigwigs in Washington
you cease to protect
the very people in need...

Goodbye habeas corpus,
though I never needed you
you know there still are plenty

who dooo....
And it seems to me,
that King George
got a bit to powerful...
he scared his own people
into trusting him...

And I wish I could have saved you,
but my power is limited.
You truly died, [in America,]
on the 17th of October, 2006.

Maybe we can bring you... back....


Cross posted with my Daily Kos diary.

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2 comments:

O'Brien said...

Greetings Comrades,
Please check out our protest against the Military Commissions Act at http://ministryoflove.wordpress.com. We are collecting one copy of 1984 for each member of Congress who voted for torture.
Regards,
O'Brien

clearthought said...

Interesting.

George Orwell was an amazing man; his legacy still lives on.