Andy Mersdon has penned some inspiring words – Asylum Roads – to be sung to the tune of what he calls the annoyingly catchy tune ‘Country Roads’ by John Denver .
It really highlights the plight of refugees risking their lives to a place they long to be …Almost made it, across this ocean,One more hardship, here comes the monsoon season.Children die here, in their mothers armsWill we find a nation, to stop this awful harm?
If we can’t help in any other way, let’s at least whisper a prayer daily for those on the high seas today leaving everything behind in search of asylum … refuge, … freedom.
Ocean breeze, take me there
To the place, I long to be
Safe asylum, distant refuge
Take me there
On pure blue seas.
Written in response to a Stanford University prompt to write new words (politically motivated) to an easily recognisable tune. I have chosen John Denver’s annoyingly catchy tune “Country Roads” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo).
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