Why Are You So Angry?

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Why are you so angry?
Someone asked the other day.
I said: "I'm angry about long hours;
I'm angry about low pay;
I'm angry that my boss
Can hand a family man his cards
Then say I'll get the same
If I don't now work twice as hard;
I'm angry about closed hospitals
Fire Stations, schools;
I'm angry that our papers
Feed the bigotry of fools;
I'm angry that elections
Yield a government that gloats
It has a working mandate
With a quarter of the votes;
Or that we don't take in refugees
Then try to justify
The reasons why
We turn our backs while hungry children die;
I'm angry for the homeless,
The helpless and the lost;
I'm angry that compassion
Comes in second now to cost;
I'm angry at statistics
How they've come to run this land,
How the tail it wags the dog now,
While that dog it bites your hand;
And I'm angry at this island
Where we once shot fascists down
And now queue in droves
To cast our votes
To let em run this town;
And I'm angry that your colour,
Your culture, creed and class
Can define you
And resign you
To being written off en masse
So don't you dare say I'm ungrateful
I should be happy with my lot
You wonder why I'm angry?
I wonder why you're not!"


from The Future Needs Us Now, released January 6, 2017
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Joe Solo Scarborough, UK

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough.

Live he has an ever growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath.

He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.
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