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If They Come In The Morning

  • (Jack Warshaw)

    No time for love if they come in the morning
    No time to show fear or for tears in the morning
    No time for goodbyes no time to ask why
    And the wail of the siren is the cry of the morning

    They call it the law - apartheid, internment, conscription, partition and silence
    It's the law that they made to keep you and me where they think we belong
    They live behind steel and bullet-proof glass, machine guns and spies
    And tell us who suffer the tear gas and torture that we're in the wrong

    The trade union leaders, the writers, the rebels, the fighters and all
    And the strikers who fought with the cops at the factory gate
    The sons and the daughters of unnumbered heroes who paid with their lives
    And the poor folk whose class or creed or belief was their only mistake

    They took away Sacco, Vanzetti, Connolly and Pearse in their time
    They came for Newton and Seal and the Panthers and some of their friends
    In London, Chicago, Saigon, Santiago, Cape Town and Belfast
    And the places that never made headlines, the list never ends

    The boys in blue are only a few of the everyday cops on their beat
    The CID, Branch men and spies and informers do their job well
    Behind them the men who tap phones, take pictures and programme computers and file
    And the ones who give the orders which tell them when to come and take you to a cell

    So come all you people to give to your sisters and brothers the will to fight on
    They say you get used to a war but that doesn't mean the war isn't on
    The fish needs the sea to survive just like your comrades do
    And the death squad can only get to them if first they can get through to you

    (as sung by Roy Bailey)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1984:] Written by Jack Warshaw when he came to Belfast in 1977 and regularly updated. [Different version given, adapted to Irish themes.] (Christy Moore Song Book 86)

  • [1995:] Jack Warshaw's knowing 'No Time For Love' is one of the best protest songs of the last 30 years, a powerfully in depth look at how the forces of law and order work. (John O'Regan, Rock 'n' Reel 22, p 35)

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