Refuge to a Refugee
From the CD "Feathers and Tributes"

1
We are the lucky country we have hearts enough to care
We can speak our minds in freedom
We have boundless plains to share
We don’t deny our mateship regardless of the cost
And our doors are always open to the lonely and the lost

Well that was how it once was we were proud to make the claim
But a darkening of spirit now has crept across our name
For the way we treat our weakest is what the world will see
When we can’t give refuge to a refugee

2
This world’ seen so much chaos there’s a shadow through the lands
I search the stars for answers but I just don’t understand
When broken souls in need of help cried out for us to hear
We could have offered hope and love Instead we offered fear

The fear of drab detention locked like dingos in a pound
The fear of no horizon on this so called Christian ground
And every law our country makes reflects on you and me
When we can’t give refuge to a refugee
Why can’t we give refuge to a refugee?

3
And the sharp eyes of the world can see just what we’re coming to
We who have so much but cannot share it with the few
Reacting to the symptoms never thinking of the cause
When it’s poverty and injustice are the enemies of us all

For the faceless wounded spirits Locked behind the razor wire
We rally for their freedom with our consciences on fire
And our hearts become the harder and we harbour bigotry
When we can’t give refuge to a refugee
Why can’t we give refuge to a refugee?

4
And I fly no flag of Jesus speak no politicians creed
But sing the song of human beings crying out in need
And I’ll sing it ever louder until all the wounds are healed
Til they know our hearts are open Even though their lips are sealed

For we are the lucky country we have hearts enough to care
We can speak our minds in freedom
We have boundless plains to share
And we’ve always known compassion
And rejoiced in being free
But we can’t give refuge to a refugee
Why can’t we give refuge to a refugee?









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