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Scapegoats

  • (E. Cowan / Christy Moore)

    Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerry Hunter, Johnny Walker
    Billy Power, Dick McIlkenny, that's their names

    There was five men playing poker on the Heysham train
    Fate was dealing them a cruel hand
    Hugh Callaghan was walking home through the evening rain
    Not knowing what lay in store for him

    You'll find traces of nitro on cigarettes and matches
    On formica tabletops and on decks of playing cards
    When forensic found traces on the hands of these six men
    The police drove up from Birmingham and they were hoping the case was closed

    Have you ever seen the mugshots that were taken
    After forty-eight hours in custody
    Battered and bruised, haunted looks upon their faces
    The Judge accepted they confessed willingly
    Please take another look at what you see

    If you tell me my family are being terrorised
    Keep me awake for six days and nights, confused and terrified
    In the lonely dark of night I'll swear that black is white
    If you'll let me just lie down and close my eyes
    I'll sign anything if you'll let me close my eyes

    Scales of justice balance up your act
    Am I talking to myself or to the wall

    Hugh Callaghan, Paddy Hill, Gerry Hunter, Johnny Walker
    Billy Power, Dick McIlkenny, scapegoats all

    For sixteen years they've been talking to the wall

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1991:] 'I hear there's a whispering campaign started up about these men's innocence. The BBC wouldn't let me sing the song on television, so I've decided to keep on singing it live,' Moore told the audience. (Sharon Wheeler, review 'Christy Moore live at Coventry', Rock 'n' Reel 12)

  • Further notes see Any Mick'll Do

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