Guilty As Charged

by Brendan Shoreland

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This was a very belated response to the Live Aid concert. On another level it's about swimming against the tide.

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Guilty As Charged


A small boy gazed at me, from the other side of my TV screen.
Beneath his feet sun baked blistering dust; above him, a cruel blue sky.
The narrator said that he was starving and might not survive the night.
I wondered how it felt to have flies crawl across my lips and eyes.

I should have had a strong desire to reach into my pocket,
but the young boy seemed so hopeless; I was so far away.
I didn’t have any desire to interfere in his fate.
If that makes me cold and heartless then I’m guilty as charged.

All I could see in the little boy’s eyes was a dignified acceptance.
Death was close and all around; he heard and felt its call.
The narrator said that I should feel responsible for keeping him alive,
but the task seemed too enormous for my simple, modest life.

I should have had a strong desire to reach into my pocket,
but the young boy seemed so hopeless; I was so far away.
I didn’t have any desire to interfere in his fate.
If that makes me cold and heartless then I’m guilty as charged.

The next day I discovered that the little boy had died.
I wished his soul good fortune in its journey along the way.
The narrator said that it’s important to support such a worthwhile cause.
I switched off my TV and got on with the rest of my day.

I should have had a strong desire to reach into my pocket,
but the young boy seemed so hopeless; I was so far away.
I didn’t have any desire to interfere in his fate.
If that makes me cold and heartless then I’m guilty as charged.
If that makes me cold and heartless then I’m guilty as charged.

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released May 23, 2016
Words & music by David Walton.

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Brendan Shoreland Plymouth, UK

Brendan Shoreland, also known as David Walton, grew up surrounded by the music of Gilbert & Sullivan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Steeleye Span. He has based his musical development on that heady mix ever since.

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