Bryant’s Anniversary Series, Part 4: Cherri’s Song, The Lyrics

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by Cherri Bonney

“Wish I Knew How To Be Free”

ANOTHER DAY HAS BEEN AND GONE,
DON’T WANT TOMORROW TO BE.
I SIT HERE CRYING, TRYING TO BE BRAVE, MUM,
WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO ME?

THIS SILENT ROOM REFLECTS THE PAST,
MY TORTURED DAYS AND NIGHTS.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
WISH I KNEW HOW TO BE FREE!

I CAN’T SMILE — MUM KEEPS PRAYING FOR ME.
WHY DOES THE WORLD THINK I’M LYING?
LOOKS LIKE I’M TRAPPED IN TIME —
I’M TOLD I CAN’T BE FREED,
WHAT’S RISDON DOING TO ME?

YOU KNOW I SPOKE THE TRUTH WAY BACK THEN
AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN
WHY’M I IN PRISON, WHAT’S MY CRIME?
I KNOW I’M TRAPPED. THEY SAY THAT I AM TO
BLAME,

HEY, WHAT CAN I DO?
GOVERNMENT TOOK ME, AND LOCKED ME AWAY — HEY WHAT CAN I DO (HEY WHAT DID I DO)?

(PORT ARTHUR KNEW A LONG TIME BACK,
MARTIN WAS TREATED SO CRUEL,
HE WEARS THE SCARS. TASSIE LOCKED HIM AWAY.
AUSTRALIA, WAKE UP TO THE TRUTH!)

HELP ME OUT MUM, WHY CAN’T I GO HOME? THE
DRUGS THEY GIVE ME RUNNING BAD IN MY BRAIN,
NOBODY LOVES ME, AND I’M HATING THE PAIN.

CAN I GO HOME NOW!
I WANNA COME HOME NOW
CAN I COME HOME NOW?

Copyright 2015, Cherri Bonney

— Cherri Bonney is a singer, instrumentalist, and composer. She lives in Perth and works with NCHANT band. Cherri has collected 2350 signatures at Change.org, demanding that Tassie’s Premier Will Hodgman establish an inquest re the Port Arthur massacre.

Photo credit: images.smh.com.au
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Comments

  1. Very funny. I listed smh as the photo credit because that is where I found this picture. But you know the Sydney Morning Herald reporter did not attend the christening of Lindy, right?

    Might be fun to know the chain of custody of this “document”.

  2. Karaoke time, very therapeutic.

    Now that you’ve got da woids you can belt it out.

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