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An inferior homage and update on Woody Guthrie's "Deportees - Plane Wreck at Los Gatos".  Indeed, I slipped up in the recording and inadvertantly said "Deportees" in one of the choruses.


The cops count them in on the beaches of Dover

Those who have risked life and limb on our seas;

They flee from their homelands, from death and from torture

To seek better lives as escaped refugees.

Goodbye to Muhammed

Goodbye to Khadija;

Wadae Abd al Malik

Omar w Farida

You won’t have your names when you ride the inflatables

All we will call you is just “Refugees”.


Omar’s a doctor and Omar’s illegal

He’s fleeing from fear and he’s running from Hell;

He flees from the grasp of those there who would harm him

Into the welcome of Priti Patel.

Goodbye to Muhammed


Farida’s a schoolgirl who rides with her family

The study she sought has been illegalised;

Her parents had sold all they owned for her passage

She clung to her dad as the dinghy capsized.

Goodbye to Muhammed


Forty two souls who are no longer with us

Forty two souls who were not caught that day;

Their names unrecorded, known only to Allah

These were a few we did not turn away.

Goodbye to Muhammed


She says we must put an end to this trafficking

To gangsters and conmen who fill up these boats

She says we must put an end to these drownings

But, whisper it softly, she’s harvesting votes.

Goodbye to Muhammed




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John Coopey

Tue 14th Sep 2021 22:41

“The lamps are going out”, MC. “We shall not see them lit again”. The world is changing and we are too selfish to stop it.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 14th Sep 2021 20:38

Death, war, famine and conquest (instead of "pestilence" I presume) - in dear old La Belle France and its neighbours?
Imagine that! Sacre Bleu! They'd go to war for the insult. 😃.

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John Coopey

Tue 14th Sep 2021 17:46

Death, Famine, War and Conquest, MC. In others words, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. And make no mistake, the migration will get heavier in the future as climate change renders parts of the world increasingly difficult to survive in.
Thankyou, Stephen.l
And thanks for the Like, Holden.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 14th Sep 2021 17:12

Good one, John.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 14th Sep 2021 15:28

But my question remains:
What is unsafe about the famous lands that comprise the fount
of European civilisation from which these people choose to
populate our sea-girt historically Christian shores?

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John Coopey

Mon 13th Sep 2021 20:59

Hearing tests are available at the opticians now, Stephen. “Shoulda gone to Specsavers”.

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Stephen Atkinson

Mon 13th Sep 2021 20:07

The voice of an angel, John. And a good homage!

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John Coopey

Mon 13th Sep 2021 15:38

This is what the singing should have been like

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